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Need For Unions is Over!!!

Once again, the unions are stepping in to create a problem. They have been trying for many years now to destroy Walmart because they are a "non-union" shop. Now, they are going after the fast-food industry claiming the workers are not paid a "living wage."

Well, these types of part time jobs - gas station attendant, fast-food restaurant workers, box-boy, checker or stocking shelves at the local supermarket or hardware store - were never intended to be "careers". These positions were typically filled by high school students as their first jobs. Today, they are often filled by individuals who are trying to make ends meet, with even more being those who were in a career, but due to the failed economy which has yet to recover, find themselves unable to find work in their field and just want to bring in more money than unemployment provides.

These unions do not think about the consequences of what they demand. If these companies were to double the pay of all their workers, they would have to double the prices of the goods they sold. Are you going to pay $12.00 for a Big Mac Combo Meal when you can go to a restaurant and get a much better meal for that price? Of course not. And, that is the problem, meeting these demands would drive these business to close their doors as happened with Hostess or require a "government bailout" as happened with the auto industry.

Yes, I am tired of the unions. I have a couple stories that show their time of usefulness has come to an end.

First ... My Dad was a unionized trucker for most of his career. However, near the end of his career, his employer closed down some "unionized" locations including where my Dad was. He moved to a different location that was not unionized. He wound up having the same benefits with more take home pay since he was not having to pay union dues. Since he was the senior person at this new location, the union was constantly after him to "bring the union in" to the location. He told them, "why would I?"

Second ... I was sent by my company to resolve a critical issue at a phone company on the East Coast. When I arrived at the facility, I asked to have a couple of computers to use so I could investigate and resolve the critical issues they were seeing. I was told that I would have to wait for the "service person" because I was not allowed to "touch" the computers according to union rules. I waited for nearly two hours for this "service person" to arrive. Then, he sat there and watched me work. When it was his lunch time, I had to stop working. When I needed to reboot the system - push a button on the front of the computer, which I think was only twice that day, I had to ask him to do it. And, when his day was over, I had to stop working. I only got about 5 hours worth of work in that day. Thankfully, I was able to solve the issue in that time. However, what a waste of time for both me and the "service person" who was paid his full wages for pushing a button twice during his work day which was of NO benefit for his employer that day.

The need for unions is over!!!

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No More!

"They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

We have seen the government slowly usurp our rights over the last several decades. I'm sure we can find incidents that would show such usurpation's for every right enumerated in the first 9 Amendments to the Constitution. And, we have been complacent all along, agreeing that those usurpation's are acceptable in exchange for some "benefit" the government has promised.

Now, we have proof that the government is monitoring the activities of ordinary, law-abiding citizens under the premise that "it helps us stop terrorism." And, again, we have many people agreeing that it is an acceptable "trade."

I, for one, do not agree that it is an acceptable trade!

The issue of sacrificing liberty for safety is not a new discussion as the above quote from Benjamin Franklin clearly demonstrates. Yet, here we are, willingly giving up "essential liberty" for a little temporary safety. How soon we forget the events of Boston.

No amount of "sacrificing" our liberties will result in complete safety. Terrorist acts will happen because terrorists will find a way. Just as there will always be crazy people who want to kill a bunch of innocents, there will always be terrorists intent on destroying our way of life. The more we "sacrifice" our liberties, the more those terrorists win.

Let's take the words of Benjamin Franklin to heart and say, "NO MORE."

No more will you ignore my rights as an American citizen.
No more will I stand idly by.

I will say, "NO MORE!"

Gun-Control Proponents Argument Debunked!

One of the arguments gun-control proponents have made when responding to the fact that firearm-related homicides have decreased over the last 20 years is that trauma medicine has improved, so more people are saved when shot. The implication is that firearm-related crimes have not decreased overall, just more people are surviving the violence.

A recent report published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics debunks that argument. The report shows that the number of non-fatal firearm-related crimes has dropped even more than the firearm-related homicide rate has dropped. So, the number of firearm-related crimes (both fatal and non-fatal) has dropped by approximately 69% since 1993.

That is VERY good news for those of us who cherish ALL of our rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights. As my t-shirt and Facebook cover banner say, "God, guns and guts made America free. Let's keep all three!"

Please read the highlights on the page!!!

Losing freedoms ...

Why is it when someone abuses a freedom today, it is those who did not abuse the freedom that lose it?


President Obama address the United Nations yesterday (Tuesday, September 25, 2012). In his speech (full text available here), the President made some statements that, when considered against recent actions, are blatantly hypocritical.

"True democracy demands that citizens cannot be thrown in jail because of what they believe, and that businesses can be open without paying a bribe. It depends on the freedom of citizens to speak their minds and assemble without fear, and on the rule of law and due process that guarantees the rights of all people."
-- President Obama, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 25, 2012

Here, the President is referring to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution which protects our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly among others. However, if we look at a recent action, we find that intimidation is a tool of this Presidency. In this article, we are told that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey, contacted a Pastor in Florida, Pastor Terry Jones, and asked him to withdraw his support for the film blamed for the violence that has occurred around the world over the last couple of weeks.

So much for citizens being able to "speak their minds ... without fear."

"In other words, true democracy, real freedom is hard work. Those in power have to resist the temptation to crack down on dissidents."
-- President Obama, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 25, 2012

Here, the President is referring to the actions often employed by dictatorial leaders whereby they use their positions to silence opposing views. Again, if we look to recent actions, we find that using the tools of law against those this President disagrees is a possibility. In this article, we see how a federal agency is pursuing a possible probation violation for Mr. Nakoula, the suspected maker of the film referred to by General Dempsey. As Mark Werksman, a defense attorney, stated, "It’s all about politics with this guy."

So much for resisting the "temptation to crack down" on those with opposing views.

The statements of President Obama and the actions of his underlings are the definition of hypocrisy!

The blame game ...

The philosophy of many today is to place blame on someone or something other than the person who committed the action of concern. For example, with each shooting incident, the blame is placed on the availability of guns as calls for stricter gun control laws always follow.

The recent attack resulting in the death of Ambassador Stevens is a prime example. Rather than focusing on bringing those who killed the Ambassador to justice, the maker of an anti-Islam film is taken into custody for questioning because the film is being blamed for the violence.

I too hear and see things that upset me as I know many others do as well. However, we recognize that these types of acts are wrong and we restrain ourselves. It is a choice we make.

We must not forget that it is a person or group of people who "choose" to commit these acts. We recognize that the people who commit these types of acts have varying reasons for why they commit them. Nonetheless, they "make a conscious decision" to commit the act. Therefore, those who commit the acts need to experience the full force of justice, not the "reasons" they have for or the "instruments" they used in committing the acts.

Sign of the times ...

Another sign of the times ...

I was waiting to pick up my daughter from her part time job. I noticed that the music instruction business had some signs on the door and window. And, I noticed that the furniture that was in the front area was gone as well. So, I got out and took a look at the sign.

The sign said, "We've moved. We now offer in-home instruction. Call ### or go online to xxx to schedule an appointment."

What does that really mean?
There was no forwarding address, so why would it say they've moved?

They are trying to make it clear that they aren't out of business. However, they can no longer afford to pay the expenses of having an office. The lease payments, the utilities and the other costs associated with maintaining a place of business (not cheap with the various California and Federal regulations one must meet) were just too much. So, they will now provide the instruction in your home.

This is a sign of the times. I continue to see businesses closing around where we live. No matter what the economists or the media reports, the truth is, the economy is not recovering. Small businesses are dying and the majority of the workers in this country are employed by these small businesses.

My daughter is one of those workers employed by a small business. And, I know her company is struggling. I worry that she too will soon become one of the unemployed.

We need a change, "real" change!

Popular Vote ...

The following article proposing that voting should be mandatory was forwarded to me in an e-mail last week. I didn't read it right away because I have already dismissed that proposition. However, I finally did read it and realized it was necessary to point out the flaw in the premise behind the whole article.

Making Voting Mandatory

The very first sentence is misleading. It is clearly an attempt to persuade readers who rely on individuals such as the writer of this article to provide them with factual information. Yet, the writer here is intentionally vague.

The assertion made is that "it's very likely NO U.S. president has ever been elected by a majority of American adults." The premise being that ALL Americans are not represented in the makeup of the government because ALL Americans don't vote.

That premise is wrong!

The fact that many in this nation choose to forgo their duty as a citizen and vote does not diminish the results of an election. Those citizens who choose not to vote have abdicated the election, and thereby their representation, to others. And, in America, they have the freedom to make that choice!

Let's not take away yet another freedom!

Note: The majority of elected presidents have been elected by a majority of those who have chosen to vote. You can view the results here.

Update 6/27/2012:

Here's a good response to the article referenced above. The writer echoes my sentiments exactly!

Voter Apathy Isn’t a Crime