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This is an inspired moment from a recent post from my blog buddy and dear friend The Idiot Speaketh’s, “Sarah Palin helps me yet again” .

Having a” relative” secure spot in the harem I dare go out in the ledge and say that since the Kate Gosselin and Sarah Palin TLC incident, I have a new-found respect for Palin!  She made that crazy and media obsessed, (even though she says she hates it) Kate Gosselin lay in the fetal position sucking her thumb in one of the most beautiful places in the world. 

I also watched her recent interview on FOX ( January 17, 2011).  Yes, I do cross over to the “dark side” and watch that network along with CNN  CYA (they will not use “targeted”, “cross hairs”, “sticking to your guns”, “point-blank” or any reference that could be construed as encouraging violent rhetoric.  Give me a friggin’ break!   I am a smart person who writes and that just insulted my intelligence and love for the use of metaphors.) I digress. . .

The next day after the interview I  heard all the media scuttlebutt on what she said.  I was really disappointed on how many of the sound bites taken were not at all what was really said or even within context.  I double checked that by replaying the interview and what was being reported. It actually disturbed me.   The bottom line is, she may play the victim well, but falsely reporting what someone says it what the media obviously does well on both sides. 

For example, last nights’ news cycle on FOX was stating that the Democratic side was calling the Republicans Nazi’s during the repeal debate of Health Care Reform on the House floor yesterday. I saw and heard what the gentleman said.  IT WAS A METAPHOR so he could make his point.  Was it a bad metaphor?  It sure was not one of the best ones I have heard, but there was passion behind it and passion can fuel bad judgement in choice of words.   I have fallen victim of that many times (I am the queen of open mouth insert foot).   There was NO need to run that and have a “taking head” commentator instruct the viewer on what was said between the lines.  All it caused was more hate mongering and getting off point to what matters.

What unnerves me is how all this false reporting and stirring the pot for a story just continues to egg on hate for someone who if they would just blow each other off and not comment they would shut up and actually work on getting this country back on its feet. 

To me this whole thing is just a big political game.  It is like both sides need each other.  The left needs characters like Palin for a good story to showcase how conservatives and Tea Party constituents are a threat and ignorant and the right needs the Palin character so she can say what they are all afraid to say;  total passive aggressive approaches and that boils my blood. 
The bottom line is, whether you like her or not she has balls.  Are they smart balls? Yes, I think she “dumbs”  down like the stupid blond in High School in math class so she gets the attention she wants.  The one thing I can give her credit is that she does stick to her guns (no pun intended) and you know where she stands regardless if you like the smell of what she is standing in.  You don’t see that often enough in politics and that is something that I can appreciate and it makes me angry that she was portrayed in saying things regardless if you like what she said or not in a very untruthful spin.  

Just to clear it up, I not a “I love Sarah Palin” fan, but there are things she says that I can understand where she is coming from and I find myself agreeing with.  There are also things she says that I feel she just crawled out from under a rock on.  However, it all comes back to the fact she was able to showcase Kate Gosselin’s amazing ability to birth a cow on national television (roughing it in the great outdoors is always a good way to bring out someone’s true character)!  This just proves my point that you can always find silver lining in anything, even when it comes to Sarah Palin.

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Lately I have heard that  this past Congress has spent more than the fist 100 Congresses combined. Considering this past Congress is the 111th that seemed like a fairytale, and it was hard to believe.   I went to research this and the only place I could find that fact was on conservative news presses, there was nothing coming up on mainstream media.  So I went to the treasury site and started breaking it down for myself.  They are right!  Why is that not being reported? 

Regardless of what your political views are we all agree that living within your means is an absolute.  When you think about putting the national debt (which is not just this and the former administration’s fault, this has been decades of doing) in perspective with an  average individual that is making 100k a year, that person’s credit card debt would be around a million dollars.  We would think that person was insane and understand that they would never get out from underneath that kind of debt nor would his kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren. 

Obviously the politicians have a serious spending problem!  Everyone of us would questions the judgement if an individual behaved like this with their own life, why are we not doing the same with politicians that are in charge of spending the taxpayer’s money to make this country a great place? 

Regardless if we need healthcare reform, extensions on unemployment, bail outs of companies, the first thing that the politicians should ask is can we afford it and if we can’t and it is important to us, then what do we have to get rid of or cut down in order to make that happen?  I know that is how I have to live. 

When an average person hears that the national debt is around 14 trillion dollars, it is a number that is so hard to conceive, that we just blow it off.  But when you put that number into perspective to someone who deals in just thousands, not billions or trillions, it changes its shape to having a great deal of concern. 

Today Congress changed hands, and there was  a lot of grand standing and show-boating of reading the Constitution like it was the first day of grammar school.   Politicians as a whole are not trust worthy and they should have been reading the Constitution decades ago.  It is like someone with their New Year’s Resolution diet plan; we all know how those work out in the end.   Unfortunately, it looks like we need Congressional Spending Gastric Bypass,  not Constitutional Weight Watchers.  Counting points to cut spending is not going to cut it, we need an extreme and invasive spending cuts that may be hard to digest to get us on the right track. 

It is time to wake up America, this is our future and it is in some seriously scary hands on both sides.  We are the ones that can change this, not Congress or any politician in Washington DC.  We need to start holding these overpaid, out of touch, on their own health care plans, guaranteed retirements and the “unlimited credit card” funded by us, the world and our future generations accountable and really see what is happening on the Hill.

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 A return to Soap Box Sundays! Click here to find out what Soap Box Sunday’s are all about.

Thursday evening, while I was driving home from dinner  with my aunt, I happened to be listening to an interview with Mr. “You are Fired”,  Donald Trump given by Greta Van Susteren (click on the link to see and read the interview).  They were talking about the election results and the subject of jobs in America came up.  Mr. Trump starting talking about something I have been thinking about for quite some time.  How can we get more jobs in America, when we are shipping them to places overseas, Mexico and mainly to China? 

When we had the lead crisis in 2007 and 2008 with toys made in China, many Americans were shocked to realized that 95 % of the toys on the market are made in China.  I challenge anyone to go into a Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, or any store for that manner and see how many products they find that are made here in the US vs those that are being made in China.   I did, and it is very disturbing that I found three products out of sixty-seven in just one aisle.  I feel that every American should find that disturbing. Manufacturing is what built this nation and we are now single handedly handing over our manufacturing to build other countries, like China, because it is cheaper.  

Mr. Trump asked a simple question why politicians never bring up this issue when discussing jobs.  Now, I don’t know enough about Donald Trump to make a full assessment of him, but the one thing I know is that he is one heck of a business man and he knows a thing or two about making money and creating  jobs.  So when someone of his background is asking those hard questions, questions that I have been pondering on as well, you tend to stop and listen to what he has to say and this is the three points that I came up with on my own post his interview.

1.)  American’s want much, but really need less.  Walk into any person’s house (including mine) on your street and see how much excess one has.  I am not talking about living like a crazed frugal person, but seriously, do we really need six sets of sheet for one bed, eight sets of drinking glasses, a toy room that is bursting at the gills, of toys that the kids will only play with once because they have so much,  sixteen different types of cooking utensils, and thirty-seven pairs of shoes (trust me I could have more than that if I could wear heels) and the list goes on?

We have become a society that wants everything and thinks we need everything.  In our own way, we are becoming modern-day hoarders that is now completely an acceptable part of society.  Our need to consume things is what is driving these companies to have to make them affordable because the demand is alive and well. 

The past couple of years I have tried to downsize our house by not buying things we don’t need (outside of my Gymboree addiction, which is sadly made in China) and when I do buy something I get rid of a like item.  I am a natural “three times a year -purger”, far from being a pack rat,  but I still think I would fall under the too much excess category.  I am exactly a picture of the problem of being dependant on China.

2.)  Unions.  Being a Human Resources Specialist for eleven years, I think I can stand very firmly on my beliefs that Unions are something that is no longer needed.  American Employment Law/ERISA Law has evolved into something more powerful and just than it was before Unions were put into place.  Unions served it’s purpose, but it is now time to roll up shop. 

It appears that they now only serve to hold up productivity and be cash cows for politicians and lobbyist.   I saw a study of a GM  worker vs. an American based  Toyota company worker burden rate and the numbers spoke for themselves.  The total annual burden rate for a GM worker was $74 and the Toyota worker was $48 per hour and the productivity was greater at the Toyota Plant.  What amazes me is with those numbers, the government should have allowed the American car manufacturers to go under, file Chapter 11, and restructure.  That what the Airline Industry has done for decades and it definitely weeds out the weak from the strong.  Yes, thousand’s of jobs were at jeopardy if they did this, but so were thousands of job in the airline industry and let’s not mention the thousands of job in the manufacturing world that were lost in this country when they take their business to Mexico or China.

The hubs was one of those statistics in 2008.  His company of 45-year longevity in our area moved to Juarez, Mexico.  We had a choice to move to El Paso, TX and he commute to Mexico each day. You all have read the headlines, that was a no brainer. Thankfully, the hubs was gainfully employed before his final day at his former company.  Many of his colleagues were not so lucky and were out of work for 18-months or longer.  This company the hubs worked for, shut down production in three mid-western state plants that were the heart beat of the town and when they left to go to Mexico, the town suffered greatly, horribly, actually.  The govenment was not making sure these companies stayed in the states to keep their consintuants employeed.  No, they decided to bail out union based companies beacuse that is where the money is.

3.) Government placing too heavy of  EPA regulations and tax laws on corporations. The United States leads the world in high  corporate tax rates. Why would companies have an incentive to stay here in the US, if they are paying through the nose when they can take up shop for pennies on the dollar in China, Mexico or other countries?  You don’t have to be a business major to figure that out.  

 I live in a state that has some of  the strictest EPA laws and regulations and the politicians that just got re-elected back into office were a part of making those regulations stick.  The environment is important, but think of how many jobs it would have created, in addition to the manufacturing companies, to have people working with these companies on finding other ways to manufacturing products cleaner and safer.  That to me would be a good use of tax payer money, instead, huge fines and taxes incurred under many very unreasonable environmental statues and forced companies out of California. 

I saw an ad during the election process sponsored by Barbara Boxer slamming Carly Forina for laying off 30k employees and moving HP to China.  The thing “Ma’am” Senator Boxer forgot to put in the ad is how she was too responsible for the loss of those 30k jobs and that plant moving to China.  She was part of the push for higher taxes on corporations and hand tieing EPA regulations and got them.  What they also left out, was that in order to save HP from economic down fall they had to make those hard decisions to keep the 150k jobs here in the US.  Do I think Carly Fornia was a saint? NO WAY! In this case however, it was the legislators of California that is to blame for those jobs going to China.

I think the ship has sailed, unfortunately, when it comes to our dealings and relationship with China going away.  We are in bed with them, the past decades of political administrations have made that bed for the American people.   What we can do  now is truly take inventory of our personal lives and really ask our selves do we need so much stuff?  When we do need to purchase things we need to ask ourselves “Is this made in the US?” and if it is not, then try to find the closest substitute that is.  Remember cheaper is not always better.   Lastly, when thinking about our politicians and the things we vote for, look at the bigger picture and ask the harder questions that no one seems to be asking, “Are these things that they are doing building up our country or building up another?”

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United States of America

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

October 14, 2010

President Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique, Ph.D.

Santiago, Chile

Dear Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique, Ph.D.,

The citizens of the United States are pleased to extend an offer of employment as their new President of the United States.  Your credentials and interview process (dealing with the recent tragedies that have struck the current nation you are leading this past year) demonstrated that you have the knowledge, skills, experience and most of all leadership that we find to be some of the most valuable asset a person can obtain.  

You are an example and have set the bar to all the leaders of the world of what a GREAT leader should strive to be.  You demonstrated a great amount of wisdom in allowing the assistance of the world and its valuable resources, without  ego attached to the acceptance of assistance, in the recent mining tragedy.  You demonstrated that you are not a weak leader and are willing to take risks for the benefit of your citizens by insisting to move forward on the rescue effort ahead of schedule once you recognized that the process was hopeful.  You would  not take no for an answer; we need that in a leader. You also demonstrated what a man of compassion and endurance you are by tirelessly standing vigil until every soul was brought to safety.  This is more than any national leader in this world has done in recent decades.  

We understand that you were the first billionaire to come into Chilean office and you did sell off many of your stocks as it was a conflict of interest. We expect that you would continue to make good ethical decisions regarding your financial gain and your leadership of the United Sates if you accept this position.  We understand that you have been a professor of economics, a successful business man and politician.  We also understand that you have already lived in the US while your father was an Chilean ambassador for the United Nations and you attended Harvard for your post-graduate work.  This will make security clearances easily attainable.

We do understand that the current nation you are leading are experiencing difficult economic times as the United States with and unemployment rate of 10% as of 2010, however it seems that Chile has been able to keep themselves out of the red by utilizing its own resources to take care of its people on most economic levels.   This is something that the United States needs to relearn and we feel that you are the guy for the job. 

 Compensation and Benefits:

The president earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 non-taxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment.

The White House in Washington, D.C. serves as the official place of residence for the president; he is entitled to use its staff and facilities, including medical care, recreation, housekeeping, and security services. Naval Support Facility Thurmont, popularly known as Camp David, is a mountain based military camp in Frederick County, Maryland used as a country retreat and for high alert protection of the president and his guests. Blair House, located adjacent to the Old Executive Office Building at the White House Complex and Lafayette Park, is a complex of four connected townhouses exceeding 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2) of floor space which serves as the president’s official guest house and as a secondary residence for the president if needed.

For ground travel, the president uses the presidential state car, which is an armored limousine, built on a heavily modified Cadillac-based chassis. One of two identical Boeing VC-25 aircraft, which are extensively modified versions of Boeing 747-200B airliners, serve as long distance travel for the president, and are referred to as Air Force One while the president is on board. The president also uses a United States Marine Corps helicopter, designated Marine One when the president is aboard.

The United States Secret Service is charged with protecting the sitting president and his family. As part of their protection, presidents, first ladies, their children and other immediate family members, and other prominent persons and locations are assigned Secret Service code names.*

Position Start Date information:

This position has an immediate opening.  Due to your current circumstances we will hold this position open until you can find a suitable replacement for yourself and the nation of Chile or by January 20, 2013

This will be the first time in American history the citizens and national law will lift the exemption of having to be a born national citizen to be president. It is also the first time in history that a current president can be removed and replaced without notice and not be replaced with his/her appointed successors.  This is also the first time in American history that the citizens are truly acting on their own accord and are chosing a leader without a campaign process that is filled with corruption and political agendas.  We are chosing to live by the words of President Abraham Lincoln, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”  As you can see we are in serious trouble based on the decisions of past and present administrations and we need a fresh energy and life that you seem to obtain. 

Acceptance of Position Details:

We, the citizens of the United States of America hope that you’ll accept this job offer and look forward to welcoming you aboard. You have until December 31, 2010 to accept or decline this offer. Your immediate supervisor will be the American Citizens, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact any State Senator or Congressman to set up town hall meetings with the citizens of the towns, cities or states you would like to address. That contact list will be available upon acceptance of position.

Sincerely,

The Citizens of the United States of America

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This is a fellow blogger, Perpetually Peeved inspired moment based on her accounts and experiences during her recent outing to her local pumpkin patch family outing.  She got a volume of good material and I just got this.  Thanks PP for a bit of inspiration and like promised, I will share my findings!

Camp Pie Hole headed out for our first annual Pumpkin Patch Festivus!  After the hubs got over the highway robbery he witnessed regarding his pocket at the gate, there was fun for all!  They had a great Corn Maze, hay rides, tractor slides, Kettle Corn, Critter Zoo and an actual educational moment for the hubs and I while visiting Valentine, the donkey. 

Now, I think I am relatively savvy in a lot of areas especially synonyms for insulting explicit words.  What I found out is not only amusing, but I will actually use in the presence to PD1 and PD2 while I am driving, watching political banter, Jon Steward, O’Reilly, Greta, Olbermann, and Nancy Grace. Thank you Underwood Farms for giving me good replacements for Dumb – A . . ., Jack -A . . . , A-Hole and Horse’s – A . . .  with a gender specification!  Now it is Jack, Jenny and  Hinny!

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