Saturday, January 22, 2011

Change By Keeping The Same?

This is a respons to the father of a friend. They are both Tea Partiers. I thought I'd share it with you.

I'd just like to respond to a few of your points from your first response. It doesn't matter who coined the phrase tea party, you guys use it like it's your party so that's how we'll associate you guys. The big problem is that you were 10-20 years too late. By the time you hit the streets, the damage had been done ten-fold. (by dems and pubs alike, I agree) You don't have guns??? Puhleeez! Isn't Sarah Palin one of the biggest advocates of both guns and the T.P.? Who are you fooling here? Maybe YOU don't have a gun, but that's a huge point of contention for the T.P. around the nation. The rights for We The People comes from the Governement. The only other way for us to get those rights is through anarchy. Fiscal Responsibility - Why aren't you guys lambasting about how irresponsible we are, and have been, with defense contracts? Why wouldn't you be in favor of a 3% hike (really a return to previous levels) in taxes for the wealthiest Americans, the ones who can afford it? The break was supposed to be given because of the recession, it's over-ish now so start returning tax levels to normal. Limited Government? Worst argument period. People who say that neglect to say where they want it limited. Universally limited? Maybe we should keep deregulating Wall Street so they can keep cheating us? How about less government in schools so the inner citiy children are reading books from the 70's? How about limited government in the military, we can just privatize it like Blackwater and our death squads can go from country to country, sponsored by Nike? Free Markets - Let's just take all regulation out of markets. I'm sure that these companies won't take advantage of having no regulation. The largest cause of loss of jobs in this country has been de-regulation. The great depression was caused by it, this depression/recession was caused by it. The crash of the late 80's. The way a market is free is by allowing open competition. If you allow the big boys to run amok, they control the market, that's not free. A monopoly is never free. In a free market, the market creates the price, if you take away regulation, the Wal-Marts and Goldman Sach's create the prices because they control the supply chain. You need a big government to regulate big companies. If you want a small government and a free market, you need to get rid of the big companies or they'll take full advantage of the situation. You can just look at the last 10 years as proof of that. The reason we're in this mess is because the government wasn't big enough, they weren't powerful enough to effectively do their job, which is to make sure those who run shit are doing so ethically and fairly; i.e. following the rules and having rules that protect the average citizen. You tell me this, "if you opened a company and reached the stars to the tune of 10 million", should the government start giving you tax breaks to try and keep your business local? That's what happens. The bigger your company, the less taxes you pay. The government starts giving you tax breaks. Why shouldn't they pay their fair share? Earnings season is upon us, we'll see just how tough things are for these mega-conglomerates. They've been boasting record gains lately. Shouldn't we start raising taxes on them to try to bring them back to even instead of letting them pay a lower effective tax rate than Joe The Plumber's? And this is WHILE they've been outsourcing all their labor. Shouldn't we tax higher for that? 'Sure you can send jobs over-seas Nike, but if you're paying the Chinese 9c an hour, we're gonna tax you $5 an hour because that's what our minimum wage is and you're taking jobs away from Americans.' But no, taxing them for taking away American jobs would be "Un-American"... Let me cry a big fat tear for the mis-treated billionaires...I feel soo bad for them...And you're scared they'll just move their whole operation overseas? FINE! It's called Tarriffs. You want to sell in the US, WE TAX YOU! You also said: "Just know that when you tax the rich, they will take the jobs out of the country as they have for years now, it's just getting worse." So, you're saying that what we did in the past caused the rich to send jobs out of the country, but you want us to keep using the methods of the past to stop it? I hope that you realize that what you're promoting, as far as business is concerned, to to do what we've already been doing, what has gotten us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, but do it more drastically. And by doing this, we will make things better...the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. But that's just my thoughts.

2 Months, Shit, Smile

WOW, I can't believe it's really been 2 months since the last time I wrote on here. Oh so much has happened. Lets start with a big RIP to a very special and loved woman, Myriam Simi, who was take way too young. Myriam was someone who always had a huge smile on her face, would welcome you into her home with a big hug and kiss, toss you a beer and tell you to cut her up some saucisson. You could ride your bike over to her house, she'd tell you to make a sandwich, sit down and just start bullshitting with you about life, love, whatever was on your mind. She was loved by all and will be sorely missed. Her tragic death will resonate for eternity.

I feel odd writing further, but I don't want to leave you at that, so I learned about this while on Christmas vacation in France. If any of the 3 of you that read this don't know, which is doubtful, I'm half French. So, this year being my grandmother's 80th birthday/christmas, the, majority, family all met up at Montlouis for the holiday. Christmas afternoon saw...41? of us gathered for lunch. I won't go into too much detail but let me just say my 6 days were a non-stop glut-fest. I mean we ate, then we drank, then we ate, then we drank, then we ate, then we drank, then we slept and started all over the next day. But then again, we are french after all. It was nice, but there was no damn snow on christmas. That was kinda shitty, especially since it was damn near blizzarding here...oh well. Maybe next year...but probably not since I'll probably be in Brazil. Oh the life I live, so could do it too, but if we all did it, it wouldn't be special, right? Well fuck you too, no one told your parents to live in portsmouth, that's not my fault. Anyways, I got back into the country and was stuck in goddamned Charlotte, NC for a day and a half. The aforementioned blizzard had flights to NY canceled for 2 damn days. That dick Bloomberg cut funding for sanitation, so nothing could get cleared up. On the upside, I read the 100+ mafioso were arrested in Nj, NY and RI this past week, so maybe they'll stop stealing all of the NY tax dollars? Yeah, I know, prob. not.

My next adventure was to "sunny" California. Yeah, one fucking day of sun in a week. Way to go San Francisco! I feel like the only place you get sun in Cali is in Arizona. Seriously, I've been there a few times and I feel like you see the sun about 10% of the time. I guess you've gotta get out of the city? Whatever, I still had a good time. We had a conference there for work, the culmination of 6 months of work, and it went damn well. I'd pat myself on the back...but whatevs (shudders, I hate that word). Met some cool folks out there, reconnected with OOLD friend from HS and College, ate...well, they didn't have anything special, but I did go to this cool bar. It's a speakeasy called Bourbon and Branch. There's no sign anywhere, you push a button and give them a "secret" password (easy). Once inside, it looks like a regular restaurant. There are booths lining the left, a bar on the right, it's nice and dark/dingy. There's a back room with tables, nice ambiance with msuic playing. I didn't pay enough attention to see if people were eating, but I imagine it was just drinks. But there are secret rooms everywhere. We ended up in the Library, a room at the back that was, wait for it, behind a bookshelf. The hostess literally pulled a book out of its slot to open the secret passage. It was very cool, except all they served, pretty much, was cocktails. They had like 5 diff kinds of beer, but they did have this great cucumber cocktail. I think I ordered like 5 of them. Unfortunately the trip ended with a devastating loss by the New England Patriots (my team) to the hated New York Jets who play in the New Giants Stadium in New Jersey, and a bout with Strep. If you've never had Strep, DON'T. It sucks. You basically can't swallow. And this lasts until about 2-3 days after you start your antibiotics. So if you think you've got it, take your ass to the doctor ASAP! I've had it before so I went the morning after I first noticed symptoms. basically your tonsils and Lymph Nodes get all swollen and covered in mucus, they're really tender so even swallowing your saliva feels like swallowing glass shards. Not fun.

So that's pretty much the gyst of what I've been doing the last two months. Really, what I've left out is day after day of 10-14 hr work days getting ready for that damn conference. Man am I glad it's over! But now it's time to get ready for the NY conference. I guess that's good though. if there was nothing to do there'd be no reason to pay me. Oh NYE? Just think 3/4 a bottle of Jack to the dome and some drinking games! Nuff Said! Ok, that's my 2 months in a nut shell. Read my next post to see why I really came on here. Bloody tree-hugging liberals!

Eat Shit and Smile!