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“You Get What You Asked For”
The other day I was asked “are you still writing your blog?” And, last night I got the same question. The “guilts” started to take over, but not too much, since after all it is summer. But, after reading about a recently passed bill in the District of Columbia in July, I realized it’s time to get back to business.
The bill I am referring to is called “Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013” which requires big retailers such as Wal-Mart to pay starting wages that would be 50% higher than the District’s minimum wage, and to provide health care. Yes, you read the last sentence correctly. There is now a law in DC that tells a private corporation how much they must pay their employees.
I decided to read the law myself, just to make sure I was getting the correct information, and it is true. Here’s a short recap of the bill; (1) The Council of DC’s policy is to promote living wage jobs, (2) Some large retailers pay low wages and don’t provide health care. By adopting living wage standards, the District can ensure that economic development better meets the community’s need for family-supporting jobs. (3) Responsible retailers face growing pressure to cut back when their competitors are permitted to pay low wages and no benefits. Result could be increased costs to the District when businesses that provide health care are replaced by those who do not and instead rely on city health clinics, public hospitals, and publicly funded programs such as Medicaid. (4) It is appropriate to set a standard for larger businesses in the retail industry because (A) large retailers are better able to afford the cost of paying a living wage than many other kind of employees (B) a number of large retailers in the region are already paying a living wage, evidence that it is feasible for employers in this industry to create good jobs while still operating profitability (C) large retailers generally are less likely than other kinds of businesses to respond to such regulation by closing or reducing employment because the retail industry is more location-dependent, and (D) in other cities, the enactment of living wage laws has had no negative impact on retail employment and development. (5) In order to safeguard the public health, safety, welfare and prosperity of all Washingtonians, the District must establish a code of conduct for responsible retailers in our community ensuring that large retailers pay their workers a living wage and provide affordable health benefits.
As I am typing this law, I can feel my heart pounding and my total frustration and anger rising. Is it possible that such a bill could be put forward in the United States of America? Do any of the eight people (8-to-5 vote) who voted to pass this bill have any concept about economics, free enterprise, capitalism, or liberty? Do they know anything about our system of government? I know the answer to my question; they don’t.
I looked at other cities that have passed various “living wage laws,” there are about 125 municipalities, including Hudson County and Jersey City, New Jersey in this mix. You won’t be surprised to learn that many of the cities that have such laws are in the State of California. As a matter of fact, San Francisco was named and touted by the DC Council as one of the successful cities who had a living wage law on the books. San Francisco’s law includes a proviso for health care, and if the employer does not pay health care they are required to pay $1.25 per hour into the city’s public health care system! We all know where California is headed, and is there any wonder why?
By the way, since November 1998 the City of Detroit, that shining example of good, decent, prosperous government has had such a law on their books.
Going back to the DC Bill, look at number 4 (C) which speaks of large retailers less likely to close or reduce their work force since they are “location-dependent.” Just love that phrase “location-dependent,” since it reminds me of another phrase that I have used many times; “don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.” If this is what the District of Columbia wants, so be it. And, please, gently close the door.
Wal-Mart has announced it will not build another three proposed stores in the District, and if they have any sense they will close the existing ones. How many jobs will that mean to the District? After all, “You Get What You Asked For.”
August 23, 2013
What will it take for half the Americans in this country to wake up? Religious people and their institutions are being openly attacked by President Barack Hussein Obama and there is no outrage? I don’t believe it is right to speak of politics from the pulpit, but this is not about politics anymore it is about religious freedom.
If you haven’t read his comment about Roman Catholic and Protestant schools, here it is: “If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” Obama said.
I will not make explanations or excuses for parochial schools, their very underpinnings are based on the Gospel. No one should be looking to rationalize or to try and justify their mission in education. What should be happening is that people of all faith groups should be chastising and bringing to task this incompetent, non-thinking, divisive president who knows nothing of Christianity and yet purports to be a member of it.
We do not need to defend ourselves as people of faith; instead, President Barack Hussein Obama needs to apologize for his offensive, untrue, hurtful remarks.
He is trying, and doing a very good job of it, to erase religion from the public square and unless all of us as people of faith start to speak up it will happen. A move has been underway to get rid of the tax exempt status for religious institutions. It will only be a matter of time before the hue and cry will go out to remove this exemption from religious groups who will not ordain homosexuals and who will not marry them. And, if a religious group does not ordain woman, they will be under attack as well.
President Barack Hussein Obama surrounds himself with clerics when the need for a photo op arises, especially at national disasters, when he asks us to pray for all people. Yet, it seems that the very people who he calls on to lead us in prayer, he has no regard for as people of God. They are simply tools for him in his unending thrust for complete power.
President Barack Hussein Obama should be left on the national stage with not one member of the clergy to call on God for His help, and His blessings. Better we quietly and with purpose do so in our churches, synagogues, and homes to call on Him in all things. Amen.
June 20, 2013
“Out of the Darkness”
Don’t know about you, but since the presidential election I have been looking, searching, no – longing, for someone, anyone, who can speak plainly but intelligently about Republican ideas. A person who can articulate the politics I believe in, and make it understandable.
Recently read a short but really interesting editorial about Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s choice for V.P. During the election campaign we did not hear enough from Mr. Ryan, he was generally consigned to explaining numbers, rather than ideals. Mr. Ryan’s acceptance speech as Mr. Romney’s V.P. was on the deck of an American air craft carrier. The one thing I remember most about that speech was something like this, and I paraphrase most generously; …as Americans we know that our rights are not from the government, but from God. That is how our government was founded; our forefathers knew that man is given his rights and freedom by the Almighty, not by another man.
All I can say to that is, Amen. It really struck me that here was a man, Paul Ryan, who understood what makes America the exceptional country we are.
The short editorial spoke of two recent speeches; one at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, and one at Benedictine College in Kansas. I have not read these two speeches, I will read them. According to the editorial, Mr. Ryan made his case for the GOP agenda of free markets, limited government, and a public square thick with churches and charities.
Mr. Ryan contrasted the GOP agenda with the following: “Barney Frank once said government is the name for the things we do together. But that’s just one name. There are lots of them: the church meeting, the neighborhood watch, the food bank, the small business, the health clinic, the homeless shelter. We like to call these things ‘mediating institutions.’ But in the end, they’re just people – people working together.”
My only objection to Mr. Ryan’s statement is that government is one of the names we do together. We don’t do anything in the name of government together, we simply forge a consensus and compromise. I suppose you could call that togetherness, I don’t. But, when Mr. Ryan spoke to Benedictine College he said the following: “Free enterprise doesn’t reward greed,” it rewards value – because competition checks greed. And there’s no greater opportunity for greed than government cronyism. Greed knows how to exploit the books of regulations and the whims of bureaucrats. It knows how to navigate the halls of power. So if we’re concerned about greed, we shouldn’t give it more opportunities to grow.” And, again, I say most certainly, Amen.
Paul Ryan is now on my list as someone to be watching as a possible spokesman for me. There are a few others, unfortunately, the list isn’t very long.
I know there is a patriot among us; one who is not afraid to speak American ideals, who will lead us out of this dark time in our history. A patriot who knows America was established as a faith-based, God-centered Judeo-Christian nation.
May 15, 2013
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PRESIDENT, BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA
Think about it! America has elected its first Affirmative Action President.
Affirmative Action has been around for over fifty years. I don’t believe Barack Hussein Obama was elected twice as a result of this Executive Order. I do believe, however, that the mindsets by many progressives in America, especially the press, were guided by this Order
In 1961 President Kennedy mandated that government contractors "take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin." This Order intended good consequences, however, as the years went on this Order and its various interpretations and additions became an instrument of reverse discrimination and now the government office who oversees this Order and its additions also includes “diversity.”
What prompted me to write this article? A few things; Benghazi being in the news again, Barack Hussein Obama visiting Mexico last week and blaming Mexican violence and killings on America and American guns, and now this week his first commencement speech of the season.
When Barack Hussein Obama first came on the scene as a contender in the Democratic presidential primary, the so-called press never looked into his background, or if they did, never published his various Communist ties, and his association with known unrepentant terrorists. If he had undergone a security background check, he most likely would not have been allowed to enter the White House. We, the American people, are not allowed to see his grades. Remind you of Affirmative Action in the workplace? How many people have been given places in higher educational institutions because a quota is necessary? Doesn’t matter that a student will need tutoring to read, no, we need the Affirmative Action numbers. The press looked the other way; it did not matter if Barack Hussein Obama had no experience in anything but “community organizing.” He went to Harvard, was editor of the “Harvard Law Review,” and never published an article for the publication, didn’t matter. When he did write anything, it was filled with Black Liberation ideology and an indictment of America and all its systems and that didn’t matter.
Our foreign policy is in a shambles. Benghazi will be in the news this week, let’s see how the press spins it this time. One after another lie and cover-up by the government, doesn’t matter.
Barack Hussein Obama goes to Mexico and trashes his own country! We are the bad guys; we made all those poor Mexicans kill for drug money. Our guns are the source of all evil! The real ludicrous joke about his speech is the “Fast and Furious” fiasco. This program under Attorney General Holder gave illegal guns to the Mexican cartel and these guns wound up killing hundreds of Mexicans including many teenagers. No matter, Holder is still Attorney General when he should be in jail.
Now he goes to Columbus, Ohio, and tells the graduates of Ohio State to “do better.” Nothing wrong with this, we should all want to do better all the time. However, he goes on to say; “This is a joyous occasion, so let me put it charitably; I think it’s fair to say our democracy isn’t working as well as we know it can.” Really? I thought Barrack Hussein Obama was President of the United States. What is he really saying? Until all of you work for the government and I am the grand leader, our democracy isn’t working?
He also decried the ill-functioning government and the relentless cynicism about our nation’s future. Oh, and he also mentioned that our government works for the benefit of society’s elite. Well, he should know about that; he’s played more golf, had more vacations, and thrown more parties at the White House all on our dime than any other president. So, maybe he’s right on that one.
As I see it, he’s the cynical one, he’s the taker, not the giver, he doesn’t care about the American people, case in point, he went to bed the night of the Benghazi murders, he will tax the American people until there will be no middle class left, especially with Obamacare and its death panels, and with all of this and more, the progressive American press will not say a word. They will defend, spin, and lie to protect a fellow traveler.
May 7, 2013
How very sad about the bombings in Boston. All we can do is pray and ask God for His love and care for all the people in that lovely city and to be with the families who have lost loved ones.
Like everyone else I’ve been listening to the various news reports and right now everything is speculation as to what happened. Was it a terrorist? Nothing has been reported as definitive, but we do hear all the various experts on this type of bombing. I was listening to a local talk show early this morning and I was astounded and not a little angry as to what I heard from some of the callers. One said; "...what can we do? This type of thing is going to happen; there is nothing we can do about it." Another even went so far as to say it was the “new normal.” Adding that she hated those words “new normal” but they were unfortunately true. She was assuming that it was a terrorist attack and this is what we had to look forward to as we went forward. The talk show host agreed with her!
“9/11” our country has had many threats and plots from terrorist groups and
individual crazy terrorist people that we have not heard about and probably
will never know about. Many we do know
about; the van filled with explosives right in Times Square which was
thwarted. After “9/11” President George
W. Bush did his very best to keep our country safe. His foreign policy let the rest of the world
know we were not going to sit back and let our people be terrorized. The very idea of “9/11” being the “new
normal” after those attacks would have been repugnant to all Americans. The bombings in Boston should be thought of
the same; an ungodly, dastardly, cowardly act that deserves swift and complete
punishment. Not an act that is thought
of as what we need to get used to as the “new normal.” Is this what many Americans want to
happen? That we lie down, roll over, and
live in fear?
What has happened to our fellow citizens to change their hearts and minds about terrorism? If in fact, it is terrorism. We must remember the Boston bombings happened under the watch of President Barack Hussein Obama, the Commander and Chief of our nation. The same man who went to sleep the night four of our countrymen were murdered in Benghazi. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her testimony about Benghazi got angry that anyone would question her ability or her motivation as to how Benghazi was handled by saying; “What does it matter?”
If it is terrorism, of any type, we must look at why these bombings took place now. Is it possible that terrorists have looked at the measure of the man we call our Commander in Chief and found him without resolve or a foreign policy? Look at what has happened under his watch; much of the Middle East is under the rule of Islamist extremists, we have turned away from our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic. In our own country we won’t call a terrorist what he is, an enemy combatant, instead we call it “work place violence.” Fort Hood should never have happened. His superiors knew he was making open threats, that he was an Islamist extremist. His superiors did not want to label him as an Islamist extremist. As a result of this “work place violence” the people who were murdered cannot receive a Purple Heart and the benefits due their families.
Next, we will hear that the sequester is at fault for this tragedy. Congressman Peter King, a member of the Homeland Security committee, has already gone on record that Homeland Security has been affected. Now we will be told by the media outlets it is the Republican’s fault that Homeland Security is not adequately funded because of the Republican’s sequester. When in reality, it is President Barack Hussein Obama that came up with the idea of the sequester and endorsed it. The AP and the rest of the so-called reporters will make it the Republicans fault.
What happened to President Harry Truman’s adage; “THE BUCK STOPS HERE!”
Oh, I am sorry, President Barack Hussein Obama gets a pass. The last President that this axiom applied to was President George W. Bush, so it must be his fault.
April 16, 2013