Thursday, August 24, 2006

And You’re All Still Supporting This Man Because?

This is from the transcript of a press conference held earlier this week

BUSH: The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.

QUESTION: What did Iraq have to do with it?

BUSH: What did Iraq have to do with what?

QUESTION: The attack on the World Trade Center.

BUSH: Nothing. Except it’s part of — and nobody has suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a — Iraq — the lesson of September 11th is take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. Nobody’s ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq.

To justify the war, Bush informed Congress on March 19, 2003 that acting against Iraq was consistent with “continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.”

So now he says Iraq has nothing to do with 9/11. Why is everyone so ok with that? It's like Clinton saying he didn't have sex with that woman. That was a lie and you know what, he almost got impeached. All for lying about a blowjob.

Bush's lie, put the country at war, put our people in harm's way, killed hundreds of thousands of innocent lives, put the country in serious debt, ignored all our domestic problems just for starters.

Clinton's lie about a blowjob vs. Bush's lie about going to war. What do you think is worst? Yet, these Bush supporters continue to ignorantly stand behind this president without asking questions about this administration's actions.

Oh right, he did manage to keep gays from marrying and cut taxes for the top 1% of the population. That's a fantastic trade-off for the 2,000 + service men and women that were killed, and the insanely large deficit that we're now in.

Not that the NeoCons really care about anyone who doesn’t make over $300K a year, but this is what this war is doing (or not doing) to us.

Taxpayers in Georgia will pay $9.2 billion for the cost of war in Iraq. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:
2,500,760 People with Health Care or
155,211 Elementary School Teachers or
1,274,660 Head Start Places for Children or
7,493,652 Children with Health Care or
88,497 Affordable Housing Units or
1,515 New Elementary Schools or
2,253,039 Scholarships for University Students or
162,201 Music and Arts Teachers or
243,420 Public Safety Officers or
12,397,808 Homes with Renewable Electricity or
123,761 Port Container Inspectors

Yea, I know, us damn liberals and our caring to support education, health care, the arts, and domestic safety instead of supporting a crusade that's actually just a front for big oil companies to take more control of oil in that region.

Yes, how silly of us.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I Think

Another list of things in my head. Seriously busy here with working then going to the house to work some more late at night. I will hopefully be fully moved into my new house by this weekend!

I think painting your own house sounds like a good idea at first, but then you start doing the work and realize you’re not a very good painter.

I think if you come visit my house, you should pay no attention to the edges of the wall.

I think drinking while painting is a good idea until you take off the tape and realize you just painted on the trim cause you didn’t tape the right places.

I think I need to buy some Lowe’s stocks. I have spent so much money there recently.

I think Sam is a really sexy name for a girl.

Like having a kid or a pet, once you get a new house, that’s the only thing you talk about in conversations.

I think we’re ignoring some really important domestic issues that’s going to hurt the country badly in the long run.

I think everyone should be a little nicer. In other words, stop being such self-centered assholes.

I think the religious conservatives will outbreed the liberals.

I think that my house warming party will not include furniture. It will by BYOC. Bring your own chair.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

It's all mine!

I closed on the house on Friday. I'm now an official home owner! Even though everything in the house is in great shape I still walk around saying, "yea, let's switch that out or that needs to go." All these hours of watching HGTV is finally going to pay off.

Oh, this will be fun. First things first. Who's up for some painting?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Reason # 14,763 why I can not have children

Due to some last minute change of plans in my last business trip, I had to try to get a car at the airport. For some reason, there were no cars left in Orange County except one.

One big ass, big as a whale, love shack-seats-about-20-super-mini-van. This was the only car they had left in all the rental places and since I needed a car, that’s what I got.

*Travel Tip of the day – If you have to rent a car last minute like this, tell them you have a corporate account. Say you work for someone like GE, Sprint, or pretty much any fortune 100 company. You’ll get a much better rate and the rental people doesn’t check any type of ID.

What I learned is that I can’t drive anything this big. Every turn was a 9 point turn. Parking is a nightmare. I thought about picking people up at the airport and acting as a taxi to make up for all this room I had in the car.

I don’t think I could possibly drive this thing and have screaming children in the back. If they did, they’re just gonna have to get the hell out and walk.

To top it all off, I had to fill up the tank before returning the van, I was filling a quarter of a tank. Do you know how much that was? $40. Yup. $40 for a quarter of a tank. I drove from the airport to the hotel and once out for dinner. You’re looking at maybe 30 miles tops total.

BTW, Lucy gets 49 mpg.

So in conclusion, no big ass vans for me so probably I’m not fit to have children. I know mini-vans are not a requirement for children, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Oh How Nice of Those NeoCons…

In case you had any illusions about who the NeoCons serve, this is a great example. And no, it's not you that they're even remotely concerned with.

I sure do enjoy hearing people complain how rich people are so discriminated against by taxes just because they’re rich. Most of time, this argument is from people who doesn’t have that much wealth themselves. They argue even though they can’t comprehend how much money these elites have.

Please note, when I’m talking rich here, I’m not talking about the guy making 100K or 200K a year. No, I’m talking about the uber rich. The group that’s .01% of the population that holds about 80% of the country’s wealth. Also, I’m not saying all of the .01% people are not good people or who would necessarily disagree with me.

So many people have been brainwashed to think that the rich are really benevolent people who will somehow send your broke ass a check because they’re nice people. I’m not saying that rich people are not nice. However, there’s a reason they’re rich and they stay rich for a reason. It’s not really about the people that I’m really against (most of the time), it’s the width of the wealth gap and the continuation of this government to perpetuate it that I’m unhappy with.

As I said in the beginning, most of the people that you hear complaining about taxes on the uber rich do not fall into that .01% of the population. The most prevailing thing I see is that many people live under the illusion that if they worked hard, they can be just as well off as these people, and WHEN they become this wealthy, they don’t want all these taxes put on them.

To that, I say slow down. Let’s take this thing one at a time.

I’m not saying that joining the ranks of the .01% is not possible in one lifetime. A lot of people got to where they are in one lifetime, but there are many more that are of family/old money. The chances of being that wealthy, especially in one generation, are very unlikely. Probably as good as me making the NBA playing center.

So before you concern yourself with taxes for this group, wait till you get there then worry about it.

Many of you give this argument that the rich are nice people, and if we tax them in any way, they will seek revenge by firing all of us. Let's talk about how contradictory this is for a moment.

You think the rich are nice, and if they’re nice, they would be ok with paying a little more taxes. Believe me, at the end of the day, it doesn’t affect them at all. They argue on principle, not because it really matters to them financially.

Similarly, the case is made that if the minimum wage is increased, all these restaurants and other hospitality industry that pays minimum wage will not be able to sustain their profits and hence will have to fire people.

Once again, if the rich are so nice, they would understand and not punish these companies when their profits drop a little to help out its employees. As we all know, this is not the case. No matter the cause, if profits fall or come under some arbitrary profit targets, the company is seriously punished by this faceless creature called “share-holders” that everyone bows down to.

There’s a point when you can’t blindly say that profits are the only thing we care about at all costs. To work so hard at a job and yet still live in extreme poverty is not the American dream. These people will never dig themselves out of the hole. If you are truly concerned with these workers as so many of you Neocons claim you are, try to help them for once instead of just your wallets.

Let’s say for a moment that I’m entirely wrong about my reasons to increase the minimum wage and that you are right. Why don’t you explain to me what your Neocons are doing.

The Republican has a package on the floor that would increase the wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour, phased in over the next three years.

HOWEVER, in exchange for this benevolence to the low income population, the Neocons also included in the bill that would exempt $5 million of an individual's estate, and $10 million of a couple's, from estate taxes by 2015. Estates worth up to $25 million would be taxed at capital gains rates, currently 15 percent and scheduled to rise to 20 percent. Tax rates on the remainder of larger estates would fall to 30 percent by 2015.

So basically they’re saying, we’ll give you your $2.10/ hour, but we’re going to want to keep an estimated $268 billion (by some figures) over the next 10 years for that.01% of the population.

Think about this long and hard. For once, don’t just think short term and just about your surroundings. Think about the big picture and how this will harm our society by continuing to further the wealth gap. Not to mention, the Neocons has created a $300 billion dollar budget deficit. This is not the time to give the rich a nice little present.

Do you think these people are really THAT hard up or concerned if they don’t get this money? Sure it’s nice to be getting billions of dollars, but listen, they’re not going to be starving. That I can guarantee you. They’ll be just fine. However, not having this money for the government will cut desperately needed programs that everyone in the country can benefit from, programs that I guarantee the rich will not help pay for.

I’ve never said that we shouldn’t have a gap between the wealthy and the not. However, the gap of .01% of the population controlling 80% of the wealth is a problem.

If the rich are going to fire so many people because they can’t afford them due to the high wages, what the fuck is the $268 Billion dollars all about? If the wages are increased, they’re still going to fire all those people AND keep their nice little bonus. That's the reality people.

I’m sure the Neocons will use this well by saying that Democrats are against raising the minimum wage come election time, and I’m sad to say that I’m sure the majority of the American population will fall for it. Wise up and wake up people.

The rich are rich for a reason, and they also stay rich for a reason. None of the reasons include looking out for anyone else but themselves.