Monthly Archives: May 2014

REPUBLICANS VS DEMOCRATS

My Observations:
• Democrats tend to live in the densely populated areas of the northeast and the west coast. They also tend to reside in the major metropolitan areas of Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan. All of the other areas are majority republican.
• Blacks overwhelmingly vote democrat while majority of whites do vote republican, but it’s not an overwhelming majority. The majority of Hispanics vote democrat.
• Educators and academics tend to vote democrat. White collar private sector professionals tend to vote republican.
• White males tend to vote republican while single women tend to vote democrat, except in the South where the majority vote republican.
• Entertainment professionals tend to vote democrat, but there is a large contingency of country music entertainers that vote republican.

     Why do certain groups vote like they do? No one is better off under democrat policies except maybe those who have nothing at all, the bottom rung of society. While I generally say that most people on the street are actually republicans, but may disagree with the party on certain individual issues, I’ve found that most of the issues that folks have with Republicans are the abortion and affirmative action issues. It’s been my observation that many women decide upon a candidate based on whether or not the candidate is pro-choice. Also, many minorities vote based upon affirmative action because they equate affirmative action with equal rights; when, in fact, the two are very different (details are for a separate post).

While no black individual will admit it, if there’s a black candidate running for public office as a democrat, the blacks will overwhelmingly vote for him or her regardless of qualifications, stance on the issues, or character. Before the 2008 presidential election when the two top democrat candidates were Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama, I asked a black friend who she was supporting and she looked at me like I was crazy, saying, “Obama, of course.” But, on the other hand, if I assumed she was supporting Obama, I would have committed a racist act. Sometimes you just can’t win.

     Many Hispanics vote democrat because of the immigration issue where Democrats take a more favorable stance on illegal immigration than Republicans do. Those that are on the far left would like to see citizenship given to most illegals. If I had come to this country and obtained my citizenship the right way, I’d certainly want everyone else to do the same. So, I don’t necessarily understand this.

     Another group, not included above, that tends to vote democrat is the trial lawyers. Many trial lawyers make their living by handling the plaintiffs’ side in civil lawsuits. They collect anywhere from 33% to 50% of the proceeds obtained by and for the plaintiff. Because Democrats are generally soft on tort reform and portray themselves as champions of the “little guy,” trial lawyers stand to profit more when Democrats are in office.

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DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE

             If you are a follower of current events and politics, you hear about Republicans and Democrats. Of course, the Republican and Democrat parties are the two major political parties in the United States. Most folks know that Republicans are generally against most entitlement programs and Democrats are generally anti-war. Republicans would rather spend money on our nation’s military and Democrats would rather spend money to create and/or extend entitlement programs. Also, those mean old Republicans don’t want everyone to have health care and those panty-waist democrats want to take our guns away from us. People living in the major metropolitan areas in the northeast and on the west coast tend to vote democrat while people who live in the southeastern United States tend to vote republican. White people tend to vote republican while most black people vote democrat.

            While the above may give you a sense of what Republicans and Democrats support, it really doesn’t tell you what the actual, textbook difference is between a Republican and a Democrat. This is pure speculation on my part, but I believe that very, very few people on the street could actually tell you what the difference is. To my knowledge, Fox News has never explained the difference between Republicans and Democrats to its viewers, and while I watch CNN and MSNBC sparingly, I doubt these two media outlets have either. I’ve never heard Rush Limbaugh explain it to his listeners, nor is the difference spelled out on his website.     

Well, it’s simple. Republicans believe that “stuff” should be handled in the private sector or the lowest level of government possible (limited government). Democrats, on the other hand, believe that government should be more centralized and stronger. And that’s it! Former President Richard Nixon, a Republican, was one of the first political figures on a national level to speak out against discrimination, especially when it came to race, back in the fifties when he served as Vice President under President Dwight Eisenhower. However, the former president did not advocate the passing of laws to eliminate discrimination. Former presidential candidate Barry Goldwater said that he was against passing the Civil Rights bill because he felt that you couldn’t legislate morality. It wasn’t because he hated minorities. Discrimination and prejudice were in the hearts of the beholders and you can’t pass laws to change what is in a person’s heart.

            Because Republicans believe in limited government, they are generally against the expansion of entitlements. It’s not that they don’t want people to have “things,” but it’s because they are advocates of limited government. Of course, we Republicans have been accused of being mean-spirited and uncaring, plus we have been called a plethora of other things by Democrats. Do I as a Republican want everyone to have access to healthcare? Of course, I do. That would be great. But in an imperfect world, it’s just not possible. Enter the government to make it possible and look at the mess that we’re in now, and all of this because about 15,000,000 folks don’t, for whatever reason, have health insurance. Of course, almost every man, woman, and child in this country that had health insurance will be negatively impacted. So, with Obama Care, we’ve hurt so many and actually helped so few.

            An example that I like to use when explaining the differences is the Family Leave Act that was passed during the Clinton administration. This law mandates that employers who have a certain amount of employees provide a benefit called Family Leave, whereby the employer must give the employee time off where the employee has to deal with family related issues. If someone takes off under the Family Leave Act, the employer is not required to pay the employee, just to hold the employee’s job open. While this would be a good benefit to have and maybe offer to employees, IT’S NOTHING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO STICK IT’S NOSE INTO! This should be an employee-employer thing to be worked out between the employer and the employee. That law was passed in the early nineties and I don’t know anyone who has taken time off work under it.

            This country was founded on the basis of individuals providing for themselves and having the opportunity to excel with limited interference by the government. In its short life of almost 240 years, this country has become the greatest country on the planet by adhering to the above principle. It works and Republicans are or should be dedicated to the principle of limited government and individual responsibility.

            Is there a clear-cut, distinct line between Republicans and Democrats? Absolutely not! In fact, there are a lot of gray areas. Plus, anyone who pays even limited attention to the news knows that there are disagreements among members within the parties.

            While the platform of the Republican Party maintains the life begins at conception, and therefore; is against abortion, there are quite a few pro-choice Republicans out there. Although, I do speculate that there are fewer in the party than there were, let’s say, twenty years ago because medical science has shown that a heart and a brain are formed very quickly after an egg is fertilized in the fallopian tubes of a woman. The Democrat Party, on the other hand, believes that a woman has a right to choose what she does with her body, and if she chooses to abort a fetus, that’s her right. So, this is one area where Democrats take a hands-off approach and Republicans advocate laws banning abortion.

            In advocating for limited government, Republicans almost always are for lowering taxes and limiting government regulations. We respect people and feel that an individual can better spend his money than the government. By lowering taxes and limiting regulations, entrepreneurs will have more capital with which to expand their businesses and hire additional employees. Then those employees are paying taxes. This does result in increased revenue to the feds and the states. Democrats, on the other hand, love raising taxes, especially among the wealthiest citizens. They think that this is the way to increase revenue and pay for all of the entitlement programs that they desire to implement.

            Because the mainstream media is mostly Democrat, the current administration is Democrat, and as of this writing, Democrats hold the U.S. Senate; so many really horrible and untrue things are said about Republicans. The following are some myths you will hear from Democrats about Republicans.

  • Republicans are anti-minority: Nothing could be further from the truth. It was Republicans that passed the Civil Rights Bill, wasn’t it? In fact, Senator Albert Gore, Sr. voted against it. Republicans, though, do not believe in giving minorities special treatment just because they are minorities. The barriers have long been lifted, cross the bridge, blend in, and don’t segregate yourselves off just because your skin color is different. Sit by me, work with me, have dinner with me, hire me, etc.
  • Republicans are against women: Again, nothing could be further from the truth. I could write pages on this, but that will be for another post.
  • Republicans don’t care about poor people: What a crock! Republicans join service clubs, contribute to charities, and provide hands-on help for so many of those less fortunate. What Republicans don’t like is their tax dollars being taken from them and for every dollar taken, that dollar goes up the ladder and down the ladder where maybe $.05 of that dollar goes to the cause.
  • Republicans are anti-immigration: This is something that the Democrats and the mainstream media would have you believe by not separating legal immigrants and illegal immigrants. If you want to move to the United States, welcome, we’re glad to have you. But please do it the right way.
  • All Republicans are rich: LOL! Earlier in the twentieth century, the Republican Party might have been the party of the rich, but that’s just not the case anymore. Would I like to be rich? Yes, why do you think I’m putting up websites and writing books?
  • Republicans are against public education: That’s not a true statement; although Republicans do have trouble with teachers’ unions. We’re also concerned about the high percentage of liberals that do teach our children and may seek to indoctrinate them with liberal philosophies.
  • Republicans don’t care about the environment: Once again, not a true statement. However, Republicans consider certain environmental measures that are forced upon us are too extreme, and put in place in order to have more control over our lives.

            Now, I’m going to outline some of the things that Republicans say about Democrats and give my opinion as to whether or not there is any truth in them.

  • Democrats want more abortions: I don’t think Democrats wish that more women would have abortions. They just believe that it’s a woman’s right to choose whether or not she has the child that she has made. I also think that it’s only a very few extremists that are in favor of late term abortions.
  • Democrats want government to control as many aspects of your life as possible: I don’t think the Democrats on the street want total control over my life, but I do feel that at governing levels, Democrats collectively want as much control over our lives as possible.
  • Democrats think that minorities are inferior so they need special privileges and consideration: I’ve always felt that this was true about Democrats. I’ve seen evidence of white Democrats looking down their noses at minorities, much more so than Republicans do.

            There are so many additional things that I would like to say, but the sole purpose of this post is to explain the actual difference between Republicans and Democrats. It’s very simple and something most people don’t know. Do I think it will cause you to change parties? Maybe. Most of all, though, I hope you all become aware of the difference and that it will further assist you in the understanding of governing processes.

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SENSE OF RIGHT AND WRONG

           I grew up going to Sunday School and Church, was raised by parents who were strict disciplinarians, and I’m probably too honest for my own good. In college, my car was rear-ended, incurring minor damage. This was in the day when you were told to get two estimates and you would be paid according to the lower estimates. This was the first time that I ever had to deal with an insurance company and was dealing with the at fault parties’ carrier. I had a guy friend go with me to get the estimates and we took the car to two dealerships and then to an independent body shop on his suggestion. He indicated that the independent would come in lower than the dealerships. I could send the insurance company the estimates from the dealers then have the car fixed by the independent and make some money.

            Well, I had never heard of such, but my friend and other guy friends indicated that this was perfectly okay to do. In fact, they said that I didn’t have to get the car fixed at all and pocket the money. All the insurer is required to do is pay the claim. What I did with the money was up to me. While I still felt that this is wrong, I sent the insurance company the two estimates from the dealers and had the car fixed by the independent, making a little spending money.

            What I did and what millions had done before me causes insurance premiums to go up. Besides, that money that is being spent on fraudulent claims could be used for better raises for insurance company employees. And just an FYI, for about 75% of my career has been spent as an insurance company employee.

            The point I’m trying to make is that if something just feels wrong, it probably is. No one has ever gone to jail for doing what I did in college. But just because you have a right to do it, doesn’t make it right to do it.

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CHANGING PHILOSOPHY OF WORK – PART TWO

Earlier this year, House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi said that ObamaCare facilitates the type of “liberation” that the Founding Fathers had in mind because it allows you to quit your job and become a photographer or a writer or a musician or whatever because you will have healthcare and no longer be job locked. Now that’s a new one, “job locked.” Almost as good as “sucks less.” In other words, Pelosi is saying that you can do something else with your life and not worked about health care.

Just when you think that it can’t get any worse in the “United Socialist States of America,” it does. This less than 300 year old country became great because of hard work, perseverance, and a desire for a better life. Did everyone always love their job? Of course not! Do all of us always love our current jobs? Of course not! Are there folks out there who hate getting up and going to work at their jobs? Of course! There have certainly been times in my life that I’ve hated my job. But you do it. You go to work because you have to provide for your needs and perhaps for the needs of others. You need that paycheck and the health insurance is nice.

What if we all did what the House Minority Leader is suggesting? We’d all be making less money and therefore paying less in taxes and be more dependent on the government. Ahh, that’s it, more dependent on the government. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it. So the federal government is now telling us that we shouldn’t have to work at jobs we hate, just drop out and follow your dreams and we’ve got your back.

While we’re pursuing our dreams and paying less taxes, who is filling in that revenue gap? The rich, of course! Yea, let’s just soak the rich. They can afford it. Besides they’re the ones who got rich by giving us those lousy stinking job things that were making us miserable. So, all of us previously job locked folks have quit our jobs and started pursuing our dreams, resulting in the rich not being able to get people to come to work for them. The rich then move their operations out of the USSA to a country where the corporate tax rate is lower and they can hire folks who’ll work a lot cheaper. The USSA is now comprised of folks who are pursuing their dreams and nothing else. Need I go further?

It seems as though the leaders of this country are discouraging working for a living unless you are doing something that you really love and are passionate about. It certainly sounds like they want everyone to have a perfect life with no trials and tribulations. To the liberals, that probably sounds wonderful. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the current president care so much about us that they want us to always be happy and never experience any sadness. They want to provide for our every need so we’ll hunger no more, thirst no more, struggle no more, etc.
Now what does this sound like to you? They want to create Heaven on earth, maybe. They want government to take the place of God, for the government to be your god.

There are those out there that are probably going to come back at me saying, well, didn’t you do the same thing that Nancy Pelosi was suggesting. You quit your job to start your own business and that led to you having written your first novel, “For Best and Worst,” (release date to be determined). Yes, I did quit my day job that I hated to start my own business, but I had some money in savings and was prepared to pay for my own health insurance. Also, I’m supplementing my savings by doing some occasional consulting work.

Did I love writing the book? Yes, very much. Do I love all the stuff that goes along with writing the book? Some of it, but not all of it. Do I like working on the other aspects of my business? Yes, but there are times when I have to step outside of my comfort zone. Are things going to always be blissful for me? Absolutely not! Will there be times when I contemplate going back to a fulltime job and working under some jack ass’s thumb? Yes. Will I ever have to get a fulltime job and work under some jack ass? I hope not, and that’s what’s driving me to work fourteen hours a day. When was the last time that I spent a day not doing business related stuff? Christmas, I think.

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