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LAME DUCK – PART ONE

The American people handed the current president of the United States a stunning defeat in the 2014 mid-term elections. The Republicans maintained leadership of the House of Representatives and gained a majority in the Senate. However, they didn’t obtain a super majority of 60. However, the current president said he had a pen and he had a phone and he intended to use them. And he has by signing executive orders and the only way this can be stopped is through the courts. He justifies his actions by stating that he’s doing what is good for the country. If a Republican did the same think, claiming his or her actions were good for the country, the mainstream media would be exploding. The following is a summary of three things that the current president has done, according to motherjones.com, none are good.

Normalized Relations with Cuba:
According to newsmax.com, the Obama administration is easing travel and some economic restrictions against Cuba after coming out in support of normalizing relations with the Communist regime. This is raising fears among many of a total lifting of the trade embargo against the island nation.

Would lifting the embargo benefit the Cuban people of just benefit the Castro regime? Most of the Cuban economy is government owned and all foreign trade is channeled through Cuban government agencies. Companies pay wages in hard currency, including dollars and euros, but the Cuban government pays its workers in Cuban pesos and pockets about 90% of the wages.

Decades of trade between Cuba and the market economies of Europe, Canada, and Latin America have not produced the political and economic benefits to the people of Cuba. This has lined the pockets of the Castro regime and the Cuban people have not been beneficiaries.

Obama claimed the regime would release all political prisoners, but it has not. So, we’ve entered into an agreement with a deadbeat nation that refuses to honor its commitments. It has defaulted on its estimated $37 billion debt to the Paris Club of Nations. Russia has been forced to write off Cuba’s $32 million debt, and Mexico wrote off $340 million of Cuba’s debt.
Americans want free trade with free people and not relations that strengthen an authoritarian regime’s oppression of its people.

Cuba has not met the conditions agreed upon prior to lifting the embargo. Cuba was supposed to legalize all political activity, release political prisoners, commit to free and fair elections, grand freedom of the press, and allow labor unions. Cuba has not met these conditions and, of course, that sends a message to the world that the Unites States is weak.

Also, Cuba remains on the U.S. “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list. The country has provided sanctuary for terrorists from other nations and has harbored American fugitives. Black Panther activist and convicted murderer Jo Anne Chesimard is among the 90 or more criminals who fled America and received political asylum in Cuba.

The American people are opposed to lifting the embargo. A poll last year found that a slight majority still want the sanctions to remain in place. More importantly, an even larger majority of Cuban-Americans, who know the situation best, favor keeping the embargo in place.

Of course, the current president’s worshippers, including the mainstream media, think this is a great thing, but anything this president does they are going to think is great.

Climate Deal with China:
According to nationalreview.com, when the United States and China announced a surprise carbon-emissions deal, the leftists were ecstatic. Al Gore declared it groundbreaking progress form the world’s largest polluter and John Kerry patted himself on the back. However, when the deal was stuck with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Chinese were laughing at us. Nothing was going to stop China from moving full speed ahead with its economic development plans that rely heavily on cheap and abundant fossil fuels.

In December, 2014, the South China Morning Post announced that Chinese negotiators rejected the scrutiny to limit carbon emissions. In other words, the Chinese refuse to agree to measurable and enforceable carbon reduction targets. According to dailycaller.com, the U.S. China climate deal unraveled during the U.N. climate talks. Chinese delegates demanded more climate aid be sent from rich countries to poor countries, and refused to agree to certain U.S. backed provisions in a climate treaty draft.

So liberal rag, motherjones.com, in an August 24, 2015 article, cites this as an Obama lame duck accomplishment. Not true!
Issued New EPA Ozone Rules:
On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, the current president check off another major items on environmentalists’ wish list by targeting smog, but angered big business and giving Republicans fresh ammunition heading into the final two years of Obama’s presidency. According to washingtontimes.com, the EPA has released new tentative rules on ozone, meant to drastically cut the amount of smog produced by power plants and factories. The proposal would lower the threshold for ozone from 75 ppb to 70 ppb and are shooting for 65 ppb.

With the full backing of environmental activists, administration officials have become brazen toward their critics. White House counselor, John Podesta has gone so far as to brag that the GOP can’t stop more executive actions and climate regulations.

Critics say it’s obvious the regulations will create a serious burden. EPA data, cited by groups such as the Business Roundtable, show that 59 percent of the U.S. population lives in an area that did not meet the 65 ppb threshold.

The National Association of Manufacturers called the rules “the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the American public. In a July study, the organization calculated that the rule would reduce U.S. gross domestic product by 3.4 trillion from 2017 to 40 and cut about 2.9 million jobs per year on average through 2040.
This doesn’t sound too good to me, but of course, the liberals love it.

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MINDBOGGLING!

On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, talkingpointsmemo.com ran an article entitled, “Obama: Harry Reid and I are Teaming up to Take on the Crazies.” The current president had just returned from vacation and said in a Monday night fundraising event held near Las Vegas he attended with Harry Reid, that he felt refreshed and ready to “deal with the crazies” with the Senator’s help. The “crazies” that the current president is referring to are possibly those Americans who do not support him or his policies.

The link to this article was shared by one of my liberal Facebook friends. After reading the article, I viewed the comments made to the Facebook link and then wrote the following comment: “I’m sure that while in private, Presidents Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2 made remarks about those who disagreed with them, I don’t remember either one of them, except maybe in campaigns, disparaging or belittling Americans whose views weren’t in lockstep with theirs. In fact all three of these Republican presidents respected the right of the American people to disagree with their elected officials and hold them accountable.”

To my comment, a liberal 1 replied: “So, spending five years pretending that Obama is a Kenyan is dismissed as “not being in lockstep”?

I wasn’t sure what this person meant so I indicated the following to him: “I think you may have missed my point. It appears that Obama is calling those who don’t agree with him, “crazies.” My point is that I don’t recall Reagan, Bush 1, or Bush 2 calling those who didn’t agree with them denigrating names, with the exception of maybe on the campaign trail where all gloves are off.”

Liberal 2 Replied as follows: “Remember the Dixie chicks that the Shrub went after, difference is he just told his henchmen to do his dirty work like a crime family does, that way they’ve plausible denial to go with their missing testicles.”

It’s been my observation that liberals often do not understand what they read or they don’t want to understand what they read. So, I replied back to Liberal 2: “You obviously either are not capable of reading comprehension or you’re attempting to change the subject, something you liberals always do when you’re on the losing side.”

The rest of the thread went as follows:

Liberal 1 (again): “I think you’re the one who says that Obama is calling “those who don’t agree with him” “crazies”. I would say that he’s only calling “crazies” “crazies”. Why do you think he’s extending that word to nearly half the country? There are plenty of crazies out there without needing to pretend that he’s a jackass who calls everybody who disagrees with him crazy.”

Liberal 3: “you know shutting down the government because youdont like the black president is CRAZY! voting against the presidents healthcare plan 57 times because you dont like the black president is CRAZY! voting against the peace deal with iran because you dont like the black president is CRAZY! yes the president has had to’work’ with the CRAZIES for 7years! he has ever right to call it for what it is with a 9% approval rating the crazies on the right have earned that name and anyone who doesnt see this is also CRAZY!”

Possible Conservative: So half of America is crazy (Liberal 1)? Doomasss.

Liberal 1 to possible conservative: “Yeah, that’s an apt response to my statement saying exactly the opposite. #idiot “Why do you think he’s extending that word to nearly half the country?” means “of course he’s not extending that word to nearly half the country.”

Liberal 3: “Nancy G you are really a foolish thing. you hear and see what you want to. these people call this mighty president everything in the book except the child of GOD. That’s why the world hate the repub’s.”

Me: “(Liberal 3), you need to work on your reading comprehension like most of your liberal counterparts. I did not say that those who don’t care for the current President have never called him names. In fact all presidents have been called names since this country was founded. I would ask that you read it again, but I’m afraid you still wouldn’t understand the point I’m making.”

Liberal 4: “You don’t think it’s CRAZY to sign a pledge to obstruct the president is appropriate? You don’t think that screaming at kindergartners attending an English/Arabic school is crazy? You don’t think that grown men mobilize to shut down a military excercise (Jade Helm) is crazy? You don’t think killing people over abortion is crazy? You don’t think imposing a narrow set of religious creed on an entire nation is crazy? You don’t think advocating killing gays is crazy? You don’t think that carrying an assault rifle wherever you go is crazy? Guess what, Nancy, you stupid backward thing, YOU ARE CRAZY”

Me: “Liberal 4, you’re another liberal who needs to work on reading comprehension. You are totally off the subject of my post.”

Liberal 5: “Much of the rhetoric coming for GOP politicians is crazy. There’s nothing wrong with being honest. Don’t like being called crazy, QUIT ACTING LIKE IT”

Liberal 6: “We all read your post Nancy. You talked about respecting those who disagree with one’s viewpoint. This was largely true of Reagan and Bush 1, *as well as* their Democratic counterparts in Congress and presidential nominees. When Clinton was first elected though, his *Republican* opponents did not respect him and tried very hard (outside of elections) to get rid of him, through nasty and unwarranted investigations and legal technicalities. And months after Bush 2 was elected, he and Cheney tried to tar opponents as being unpatriotic and dangerous: “you’re with us or you’re against us”. The tactics of GOP have become more extreme since the 80s. Witness in your own state, where the governor has gone after Planned Parenthood. Where’s the respect for differing views you talked about?”

Me: “I didn’t say anything about respect for differing views, I said respect for people who have differing views. Having said that, having respect for those who differ with you, doesn’t mean that as an elected official you are not allowed to pursue your policies. Every president has his political enemies and Bill Clinton was no exception. That wasn’t the point of my post. For a President of United States to call those who disagree with him crazies is out of line. He is the President of the United States and should act Presidential. If some Democrat Congressman wants to call me and my conservative counterparts crazy, idiots, morons, I’m not going to think that much about it. It’s politics and it is what it is. That’s not to say that I won’t comment about it on a forum or on my political blog, though. I do remember something about the “unpatriotic” comment during the Bush administration. In googling, I couldn’t find anything about Bush 2 saying that, though. And in my post, I said I didn’t recall. The “either you’re with us or you’re against us” comment was made to other countries when President Bush was trying to get a coalition together to fight the war on terror after the 9/11 attacks”

Liberal 7: “Nancy is an uneducated wannabe, who believe the real GOP like her. Not…they hate you and your kind.”

Me: “I read every comment on this post and below there are some comments made by persons, possibly conservative, who don’t seem to care for Harry Reid and the current president. But my post struck a nerve and triggered vitriolic comments. Yes, my post was a little different from those below. Being a conservative blogger, I don’t let comments such as those above bother me.”

Liberal 8: Dixie Chicks ring a bell?
Me: “Here is what President Bush said about the Dixie Chicks: But President Bush argued: “The Dixie Chicks are free to speak their mind. They can say what they want to say.… they shouldn’t have their feelings hurt just because some people don’t want to buy their records when they speak out. Here is the link to the article: http://www.thenation.com/…/ten-years-ago-today-dixie…/”

I’m a professional blogger and if I’m going to put my views in writing out there, I have to be prepared to endure comments such as these. This back and forth went on from the afternoon of 8/25 to the morning of 8/26 when I apparently shut these folks up with my research and my link. After that, I heard nothing more. While getting embroiled in something like this was not what I wanted, I’m glad that I stuck it out and was finally able to end it with the truth, something liberals can’t stand.
I have this thread documented and plan to show it to a few Democrat friends and asked them if the people who said the things above are really people you want to associate yourself with.

My original post was true and not necessarily that significant. If any of the posters felt that I was wrong, they could have said it and pointed me to the error of my ways. But the above is what I got. Amazing, isn’t it?

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OBAMACARE DISSECTED

The information for this article was take from an article and video on http://www.youngcons.com dated November 13, 2013.

Obamacare was signed into law by the current president of the United States on March 23, 2010. I fear this is a day that will in infamy. I’ve always said: if socialized medicine/universal healthcare takes hold in this country, it will begin the decline of this country.

One of the traditional methods of imposing socialism on a people is through medicine. You control the people’s healthcare, you control the people. When challenged, advocates, in an effort to avoid honest debate which they know they will lose, get emotional. They spit out their venom, accusing you of not caring about those less fortunate, those who are sick and need healthcare, etc. The drill is always the same.

The current president told us that Obamacare was supported by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Of course, it would be supported by the far-left AARP. What the American people may not know is that 70% of all physicians disagree with the AMA’s position and 77% of all physicians say the AMA doesn’t reflect their views.

Furthermore, the AMA represents only about 17% of the nation’s doctors. Also, 35% of AMA members don’t support Obamacare.

In solidarity, doctors from all fifty states travelled to Washington to stand with the president on Obamacare. What most folks do not now is that these doctors were handpicked from an organization called “Doctors for America,” which had its origin in Obamacare.

Obama indicated that ACA was sustainable in that it would only cost $900 billion in ten years. This statement was made in 2010. But ACA wasn’t going into effect until 2014. Thus, there were no costs for the first four years of that 10 years that the president cited. The actual cost for ten years under Obamacare for ten years is $1.8 trillion. A little bit of difference there, I would say.

We were told that Obamacare would reduce premiums by $2,500 per year. With respect to the individual market for insurance, seventeen of the nation’s largest health insurance providers indicated that 45 states would see significant increases in premiums. Young people, especially young males would see their premiums increase the most.

As for the small business market, nearly all 50 states would see premiums increases. For small businesses, 40% could see a hiring freeze, 20% could see workers laid off, 18% could see hours cut, and 24% could possibly drop health insurance as a benefit for their employees.

If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Remember the current president saying these things? We all know that these statements were lies. Even liberals know they were lies. I even had a liberal tell me that we’d soon get used to the higher premiums and the lack of doctor choice. It seems to me he was admitting that Obamacare was fraudulent.

In an interview conducted by George Stephanopoulos, Obama indicated that the individual mandate/penalty for not purchasing health insurance was not a tax. Well, Chief Justice, John Roberts, was the deciding vote in upholding Obamacare deciding that the penalty was a tax. So, we have a president who promises no tax increases on the middle class and a Supreme Court that upholds Obamacare by reason that it is a tax and because Congress has the power to levy taxes upon the American people, Obamacare is constitutional. So, it is a tax and that certain amount of income is 138% above the poverty level. That’s $15,852 per year which means that Obamacare is one of the largest middle class tax increases in U.S. history.

Furthermore, the IRS will be used for compliance; an agency that has systematically targeted conservative groups for the last three years.

If you earn over $46,000, you will get no help in paying your premiums. Rank and file members of Congress earn $174,000 per year and 75% of their premiums are paid (not by them). If you earn over $18,000, you are paying for members of Congress to get a bigger subsidy than they are allowing you to get.

We were told that Obamacare would increase access. People over 65 require more care than younger people. Every single day, 10,000 Americans turn 65. Over the next ten years, the supply of doctors will increase by 7% while the population of those over 65 will grow approximately 35%. Supply is lacking even without Obamacare factored in. Obamacare adds 30 million customers to the insurance market. Demand is boosted dramatically, but supply flat lines.

For those who need a refresher on the law of supply and demand, here it is: if demand increases, but supply remains the same, a shortage occurs, leading to higher prices. We have a shortage of doctors now. To you liberals, this shortage harms the poor and it harms minorities. Obamacare makes things worse with longer wait times, fewer visits, and lower quality care. A friend of mine, who is a medical professional told me that we’ll be seeing nurse practitioners for routine exams and treatment. Being able to actually see a doctor will be rare.

Obama claimed state run health care worked well in Massachusetts and indicated that his plan was modeled after the Massachusetts plan.

Per capita, Massachusetts has more doctors than any other state by a wide margin. It also has the longest wait times in the country by a wide margin. With the number of doctors in Massachusetts and the long wait times, how will other states be affected?
According to former Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sibelius, illegal immigrants would not have access to tax credits or shopping in the market place. However Sibelius indicated that we needed comprehensive immigration reform. Should it happen, 11 million illegals would become eligible, making demands skyrocket. This, of course, will lead to rationing of care.

According to 2004 presidential candidate, Howard Dean, the IPAB (Independent Payment Advisors Board), a health care rationing body, by setting doctor reimbursement rates, will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them. Remember, Howard Dean is a doctor and rate setting has a 40 year track record of failure.

Obama promised that no government bureaucrat or insurance company will get between you and your doctor and the health care you need. But it looks like bureaucrats in either the public or private sector are making decisions without knowing the patient.
We have a shortage of doctors, 30 million new customers, a rapidly aging population, and bureaucratic rationing. And this leads to better access?

Obamacare was passed by the narrowest of margins by only Democrats, most of whom didn’t read the bill. Furthermore, bribes, threats and intimidation, plus every legislative trick in the book were used to pass it. And its true costs were hidden.

Government higher ups exempted themselves from the law and doctors opposed it. It increases premiums, kills jobs, and reduces access. It’s also a huge tax and 20 million Americans are uninsured. Half of its deadlines were missed and it’s administered by the IRS. Unions oppose it and Democrats are running from it.

A liberal told me that everyone would get used to it. Another liberal told me that I needed to do an in-depth study of the plan because just saying that it increases premiums, decreases access, kill jobs, and lowers the quality of healthcare wouldn’t be enough. Well, it sure looks like the liberals know the plan is evil.

Our founding fathers established the idea that you and I have, within ourselves, the God-given right and ability to determine our destiny. Obamacare certainly digs a hole in that.

Behind Obamacare will come other federal programs that will invade every aspect of freedom as we have known it in this country.
This Young Conservatives article was written in 2013 and we have already seen so many of our freedoms disappear. Even with a Republican majority in the House and Senate, we can’t stop what the is being done to this nation.

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THE WEEK THAT WAS

For those of you who are not aware, I’m an only child. Growing up, I had no siblings to spar with, so I never learned the art of taking up for myself. As a result, all of my life, I’ve allowed people to run over me.

After becoming a conservative blogger and putting myself and my views out there, I was attacked. The first time it happened, I was shook up. The person attacking me was from my hometown and a PhD. It appeared that she didn’t fully read my post. Her attacks were your typical accusations that liberals make to conservatives…”you hate the poor, you hate minorities, etc.” They weren’t even closely related to the topic of my post. I invited her to sit down with me to discuss the issues face to face. Of course, that ended our “back and forth” because “little miss PhD” wouldn’t think of lowering herself to have a face to face with someone who had only a bachelor’s degree.

After the online encounter, I asked myself whether or not I was able to handle this kind of stuff. I decided that if I was going to pursue political blogging with hopes of making some money that I would have to. A little over a year later, I can honestly say that the ridicule directed at me from those on the left doesn’t upset me. It’s part of it.

Last week I found myself trolling on some liberal websites and social media sites. One was a liberal Facebook site that distributed a photo where presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, John Kasich said he thought teachers’ lounges should be eliminated because when spending time in the teachers’ lounge, teachers’ gripe to each other about their work and this griping was not good for their well-being or something to that effect. (I’m not sure exactly what he said, but it was something in-line with the foregoing). On the thread, I indicated that I didn’t agree with the governor. Instead, I though teachers’ lounges should be open 24/7 so the teachers can stay there and grip to their hearts’ content. Then I wouldn’t have to listen to them. I have friends and acquaintances who are public school teachers and most every one of them gripe incessantly about their jobs to the point of often monopolizing conversations and demanding to be the center of attention and wanting sympathy. The point I was trying to make was that everyone has job issues. There are lots of folks out there who are overworked and underpaid. Just like everything else in this world no job is perfect. Public school teachers are not the only ones who have work related problems, but it seems like they do the most griping and, of course, they can’t be bothered to ask a non-teacher in the group how his or her day or week went, or how his or her job is growing.

As you can imagine the other commenters were attaching horns and a tail to me. After that, the comments about how horrible the “poor, poor, pitiful teachers had it while everyone else, especially the Republicans, was eating cake slowed down to a crawl.

Another liberal thread I found myself visiting was from the Robert Reich Facebook fan page. The former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, as you can guess, is a big proponent of the newly proposed overtime regulations. Secretary Reich began his post by saying that Americans are working longer hours than the citizens of almost any other advanced economy. Furthermore, he’s feels that it is bad for our health. He quotes a study that indicates that people who put in long hours at the office are 33% more likely to suffer a stroke than their colleagues who clock out earlier. Even those who work just over 40 hours per week bear a significant increase in stroke risk. The study also indicates that sitting for long periods increases one’s risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and early death. (Guess I had better get up and do a couple of minutes on my mini-trampoline).

This post triggered a plethora of responses, obviously from liberals, advocating more over-time pay, more vacation days, shorter work week, etc. In summary, the commenters appeared to want to give as little as possible and have the government provide extensively for them. They want shorter work weeks, more vacation time, increased benefits, and college tuition paid in full for their little darlings. Again, they want to work as little as possible for all this stuff. Who’s going to make up the shortfall? The rich, of course.

I have previously authored three articles indicating why this mandatory overtime is not a good thing and should be examined very carefully. In fact, I believe this will totally and completely destroy the American workplace. To read these articles, do a search on “overtime.”

This time, my posts did stop the whiny comments.

The comments on both of these posts say to me that folks out there expect the government to provide them a perfect job plus meet all of their needs. In accepting these comments, we’re destroying the individualism in which this country was founded on. The founding fathers, through the U.S. Constitution, gave Americans freedom to make choices and succeed as they wished. Success, however, can’t be guaranteed.

Once upon a time, if you had job issues and felt that your job was not providing you with the type of life you desired, you took steps to perhaps change jobs. I know that’s easier said than done, but that’s what normal folks do. In other words, people took responsibility for their situations and took steps to change those situations.

For all the griping school teachers out there, have you ever thought about a career change? Maybe teaching just isn’t for you. Would you be happier in administration or maybe in a private sector job? Since you’re already a teacher, you do have an education. For those of you who have corporate jobs where the bosses are jerks and you’re overworked and underpaid, have you ever thought of looking for something else; in other words, taking charge of your life instead of expecting the government to come along and make things all perfect for you? Update that resume, spend time on the employment websites, work on your interviewing skills, etc.

I realize that there are probably millions of people out there who are stuck in miserable jobs and have very little recourse. I certainly sympathize with those people and wish with all my heart that things weren’t that way for them. But does anyone think that the government is going to come in, implement all these great regulations, and make life idyllic. Trying to gather up every problem out there and solve it is like playing “whack-a-mole.” You hit one of those suckers into the ground and two pop up. It’s just not possible and won’t happen until Jesus returns to earth and sets up his 1000 year reign.

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ABOUT PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS, SOMETHING WE’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT

Depending on whose reading this post, I may ruffle some feathers, but I don’t care. I guess Donald Trump has emboldened me to say what I think, no holds barred, and no apologizes. So, here goes.

Day before Yesterday a story surfaced that Ohio Governor and Republican candidate for President, John Kasich wants to abolish teachers’ lounges. His reasoning is that teachers won’t have a place to go and talk about their problems.

Well, I totally disagree with Governor Kasich, I think teachers’ lounges should be expanded and open 24/7, so they can gripe till their heart’s content. That way, I don’t have to listen to them. I know several public school teachers and I have never heard one of them say that they liked their job. All they do is gripe about how hard they have to work, how they’re underpaid, etc.

In my career, there have been times when I was underpaid. I’ve always had to work hard and throughout a good portion of my career to date, it was normal to work Monday through Saturday and a half-day on Sunday. Of course, now that I’m a small business owner, there’s no such thing as being off. When I’m not eating, sleeping, or doing necessary personal stuff such as grocery shopping and getting my nails and hair done, I’m working. I might have expressed some occasional frustration at having to work so much, but I know I didn’t continually complain like most school teachers do about having to work hard. If I was with one or more school teachers, there was no way anyone but them could complain because they monopolized the conversation with their gripes. No one else could get a work in edgewise.

One time, I was having lunch with a group of people. This was shortly after a new school year had begun. Someone asked the teacher at the table how school was. We then had to hear a litany of how hard she was having to work and how budget cuts had affected the classroom and she was having to use her own money to buy supplies. H-E-L-L-O! I was in a job for about ten years where I had to spend from $500 to $1,000 of my own money yearly for supplies, reference materials, and continuing education. I traveled extensively during this period, and because the company was so cheap, I often times didn’t turn in certain expenses. I almost never turned in tips. If I decided to go to a nice restaurant for a nice dinner, I wouldn’t turn in the full amount. I never quite had enough, though, to deduct on my tax return.

They gripe about being underpaid. Well, it’s not exactly breaking news that school teachers’ salaries are not generous. You knew that when you went into the profession. They grip about being underfunded. Well, I have news for them. A lot of budgets out there, not just education budgets are skimpy. They gripe about having to spend their own money in the classroom. Well, so do I. See my above comments.

Years ago, when I was very underpaid, I told a teacher that I did make a little more money than she did, but it was just that, a little more. And it was. I worked an average of 55 to 60 hours a week, received ten vacation days and seven holidays.

Furthermore, after five or so years, most teachers have what is called “tenure.” In other words, they can’t be let go from their job except for certain types of mis-conduct and then it’s a big thing. In the private sector, one can be let go at the drop of a hat and the company, in most states, is not required to give you a reason. I will clarify by saying that firing someone and not giving them a reason why they were fired is rare. A company doing this on a regular basis is sure to get a reputation and will not attract the best and the brightest people.

A school teacher friend and I were driving back from the beach one Sunday afternoon in the summer and this school teacher friend said to me, “Nancy, you have a perfect job, don’t you?” I let it all out in about a thirty minute diatribe. This poor teacher was cowering and said, “I had no idea, because you never talk about work.”

“That’s right,” I said. “I keep my professional and private lives separate. When I’m away from the job, I really don’t want to be reminded of it. I want to forget about my problems at work. I have no desire to gripe about my job to friends.” After this, she was careful about griping about her job, especially in front of me. But, you could tell that she wanted to.

I had one school teacher friend tell me that she would like to have a job where she didn’t have to take work home. This was in the early nineties, before logging in and working from home because common place. I promptly told her that while I can’t bring company documents home and work on them, it was rare for me to leave work at quitting time. And most weekends, unless I had something else to do, I was in the office working.

One teacher friend of mine replied “well it must be nice” when I took a day, a day of vacation in September after she had just started back to school after summer break. I was very busy that year and was doing a lot of very stressful business travel. I also purchased my house that year and was studying hard to get a professional certification. Up until that September day of vacation, I had only taken two days of vacation and that was to deal with purchasing the house and moving. So that one measly day of vacation was the first I had taken all year where I actually relaxed and did some stuff for me. This particular teacher had just returned to work after having two months off and she makes a smart-ass comment about me taking a day of vacation. Sheesh.
Yeah, I’ve unloaded on school teachers. And while I do acknowledge that they face difficulties in their professions, the rest of us do also. No school teacher I’ve known has ever asked me how my day was, how my week was, or how my job was going. However, they insist on monopolizing every conversation with their griping. Then they wonder why folks don’t like them.

It looks as though Governor Kasich’s comments may be soon forgotten about. Of course, the teachers’ unions won’t forget about them. Like I said, I don’t agree with Governor Kasich. I think they ought to be expanded where hopefully the teachers will stay in them and gripe till they can’t gripe any more, if that’s possible.

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