Sunday, April 10, 2011

Civil War, Trump is a Genius; Tea Party Extreme?; Medicare Fraud; Japan's Problems Remain

As I was walking in the mall toward the food court, a hot babe and her boyfriend were walking toward me. Her tee shirt read, "Blink If You Want Me." I blinked so much my eyes started watering.

  • A new study was released last week that reported younger and better looking people find work faster than older, and not as good looking people. I've been out of work now 3 years.
  • Tuesday marks 150 years ago the Civil War started. Almost 700,00 Americans died in that dreadful War. During some of the battles, over 1000 men were dying a minute. So when Robert E. Lee said to Gen. Longstreet, "It is well that that war is so terrible, esle we should grow to fond of it," he knew what he was talking about--because he witnessed it first hand. Almost every combat veteran will tell you the same thing. Those who criticize the military don't have any idea that most military and military veterans despise war.
  • Trump is a genius. Consider this. He's a winner no matter what he decides to do about running for president. He's expanding his brand even further with all of his appearances. And, for the next several months, he's hardly spending a dime "campaigning," while other candidates will be spending millions.
  • During this budget showdown, I found some of the Democrats scare tactics so hypocritical it almost made me sick. For example, they tried to scare the seniors with all sorts of false stories, especially about Medicare. Yet, it was the Democrats who took over $500 billion out of Medicare to help fund ObamaCare. In 1995, they used similar tactics but they also added that if the budget was passed children would starve. Have you seen the size of some of those people now who were children then?
  • And for my friends on the Right that focused on the funding of Planned Parenthood and some of those other social issues, those are not the problem. As one alumni of mine reminded us, go after some of the big ticket items. For example, the fraud in Medicare would be a great start. It's at least $60 billion or 20% of every dollar that goes to Medicare. Priorities, folks, it's about priorities.
  • Remember JFK's famous quote, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." How come today's democrats feel and behave the exact opposite way?
  • The Democrats keep calling the Tea Party folks extreme. What's extreme about limiting spending? What's extreme about lowering taxes? What's extreme about putting the breaks to an expanding and more overpowering government? What's extreme about following The Constitution? The Democrats sound more like Tories to me. I'm sure King George III must have thought Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers were "extreme."
  • According to Gallup, the President's approval ratings have also fallen among Hispanics and Blacks. Not by much, but the numbers have trended down.
  • I often complain about how much money has been thrown at education over the years, and how a lot of it has just been wasted. How much we talking about? In NY State alone, public school spending was almost $60 billion in 2011, more than double what is was in 1997. There are almost 20,000 more teachers in the system now than in 1997; yet, student enrollment has fallen {Source: NY Post}.
  • Japan--remember Japan? Since the big quake, they've had over 25 quakes ranging in magnitude from 5.1 to 7.1 in just less than 3 weeks.
  • Fire Figher, Billing Bingo, turned comic on Sheen: "The only way Charlie Sheen can get a NY audience behind him is to stand at the front of the line at the men's room." Leave it to a NY Fire Fighter to say it like it really is.

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