Monday, January 24, 2011

Image of middle class America

Welcome to a place that is called middle class America. In fact you might already be home. More and more it seems like everyone is for main street and the working class family. It's the family right next door. It's Joe the plumber or Bob the butcher, right? Hard working seemingly blue collar americans. Who work with their hands and just want to come home to a cold beer at the end of the day. That's the image that is pandered by the media and politicians. There is nothing wrong with coming home and having a beer if you are responsible adult. But this imagery seems kind of cheap. It's like a poorly thought out marketing campaign.

When in fact a large percent of the middle class don't drive a pick up truck they don't have a gun in the back of their truck. Oh wait because they don't own a truck and are not a gun owner. Note: I do own a truck and a shotgun, but more the exception not the rule. Over the last 20 twenty years the face of America's middle class has changed. We are less likely to be employed in occupations that require the use of vocational skills. More and more people are working inside of offices with year around climate control, even though is likely to colder or warmer than what is desired. We are more urban than ever before. We pound keys on a keyboard rather than nails with a hammer.In fact most people don't even know a plumber anymore other than the one the found online.

So why are we being sold a bill of goods that is not relevant to us? The current set of politicians have lost touch with reality of the changing times. However they do understand marketing and advertising. In fact they know what buttons to push in order to get us to swing this way or that. Their tactics are much like the movies that we watch action packed but light on substance. Who elected these people anyway? We did. We saw a couple of thirty second commercials or went to a four page website and made our decision. We have to be diligent about what is truly good for American. This is not about being a republican, tea party or democrat party member or support. In fact each of these parties impedes any progress that can be made. They attempt to sabotage the other only showing the folly and selfness of their ways.

If we don't take off the shades of consumer politics we will end up with another stimulus package to build more roads, highways and sidewalks. Yet most Americans have little if any thing to gain other than increased tax burdens from these activities.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Taxes, Taxes, Do you understand Taxes?

Taxes, taxes, taxes. The mear mention of taxes and the IRS in the same sentence is enough to send chills up the backs of many in this country. How is it that a single organization can inflict such fear? It because of their seemingly malice and unjust use of the laws against seemingly innocent Americans? Is it that fact that a single organization can ruin families by placing husbands and wives under such direst, they cannot see a future together. Is it their ability to bankrupt businesses? What is it then, is it the fact they are known to lack common sense and fair judgement, instead acting in the best interest of no one. Or is it simply we fear what we don't understand? I believe the fact is the law is so complex that normal Americans are unable to understand the laws which the are governed by.

Our tax system is equivalent to driving across country and having to know the speed limit and traffic laws that govern each state, county and city which you travel trough. Imagine not having the speed limit posted on the highway, county road or city street, each state is different, each county is different and each city is different. Imagine having to know and abide by all laws and regulations on your journey. Now image that before started your drive, you suffered amnesia and you forgot all of the basics rules of the road except, green light go, red light stop.

With the set up listed above you are destined fail and receive tickets, fine and possibly jail time before you reach your final destination. Our current system has to change and we have to become educated about taxation. Taxes are vital for our country to run, that's a plain and simple fact. What needs to change is enforcement and education.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

FLT Back to the basics

"weakness and divisions at home, would invite dangers from abroad.. nothing more would tend to secure us from them than union"

John Jay - Article #5 The Federalist

America is not about parties but central ideas and values. It's time to get back to basics.

God Bless America and forgive us for our sins.