Christmas Eve 2011..

According to Webster: Christ·mas, n. A Christian feast commemorating the birth of Jesus. 2. December 25, the day on which this feast is celebrated. 3. Christmastide.

                       Twas the Night before Christmas Poem

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Have a wonderful holiday, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Cliché..

According to Webster: cli·ché, n. A trite or overused expression or idea.

           

Laura Ingraham

“Negative political ads work” was the drivel explicated by Ms. Laura Ingraham, a self touted “conservative” radio talk show host who filled in for Bill O’Reilly Wednesday evening on the Fox news channel’s O’Reilly factor.

With this kind of rhetoric being explicated by conservatives, especially on the O’Reilly factor, a media outlet that touts that “they” are “fair and balanced” is a travesty.

According to Webster: trav·es·ty, (in context) A debased or grotesque likeness: To make a travesty of; parody or ridicule.

According to Webster: fair, (in context) Free of favoritism or bias, – impartial: just to all parties; equitable.

Agreed that Ms. Ingraham’s has a first amendment right to her opinion, as do I. Albeit, “at least in my opinion,” when an individual is speaking under a banner of “impartiality,” to be fair, I believe that the individual should exercise good, and/or at least “better” judgment.

Individuals, i.e., talking heads, with the advantage of speaking to tens of thousands, if not millions of people via the media, “at least in my opinion,” have a responsibility, especially when they tout that they are fair and balanced, to be fair and balanced.

Question: When if ever, is someone among the ranks of our self aggrandized Teleprompter reading buffoons going to be real with the public?

Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich is a man, born June 17, 1943, at the Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. On that day, Newton Leroy Gingrich was as innocent and free of “baggage” (a cliché enjoyed by “both” the News Media and political strategists) as everyone else.

According to Webster: bag·gage, (in context)  A superfluous or burdensome past.

According to Webster: su·per·flu·ous, Being beyond what is required or sufficient.

Newton Leroy Gingrich is an educated man, graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia. He earned a B.A. in history from Emory University in Atlanta in 1965, an M.A. in 1968, and a Ph.D. in modern European history from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1971.

I dropped out of high school in 1958 to help my father build an airport in Aqua Dulce, California and to support myself.

In 1965 when “Newt” Gingrich was strolling around the  Emory University campus in Atlanta, I was strolling around the jungle in the Republic of South Vietnam with an M-60 machine gun. Accordingly, “Newt” and myself have little in common, albeit, “at least in my opinion,” with one exception, “common sense.”

Although Newt Gingrich received a college deferment and didn’t serve in Vietnam, the fact that the man is notorious for standing against ignorance, (in the government, and/or in the media) I believe that I would have been totally comfortable with Newton Leroy Gingrich by my side in Vietnam. Which of course, is a lot more than I could ever bring myself to say about George “Duba” Bush or Barack Obama.

So Newt’s got baggage, big deal! Do a little research, prior to the age of forty, George “Duba” was a “Playboy” and a total “screwup” ..and a monumental embarrassment to George “Herbert Walker” and Barbara, ..and, “at least in my opinion,” George “Duba” avoided service in Vietnam because he was simply a coward. As for Barack Obama? The best I can say about him, ..is, ..that after seventy years of life experience on the planet, ..it is beyond my “nearly limitless” capacity to imagine Barack Obama defending America with a rifle, ..as in practice to date, “in my studied opinion” Barack Obama has yet to defend America with the biggest gun on the planet, ..the Oval Office.

There is absolutely no contest when it comes to the number of people that read my blog, compared to the number of men and women reached by individuals such as Laura Ingraham and her peers. I personally like Laura Ingraham, albeit I love America. I fought for America in Vietnam and I am still fighting for America. Although these days, I use my (old and arthritic) fingers to dispense information, ..instead of pulling a trigger, ..sadly, ..pulling the trigger was more effective.

Not that I advocate pulling triggers to solve problems, especially in America where men and women have a Constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. A constitutionally guaranteed right provided by both men and women that have sacrificed life and limb.

If I could beg one simple favor? Please do not disrespect the brave men and women who have given their lives and limbs in defense of America in 2012 by electing another grinning (Media Approved) “self absorbed” wimp!

 

 VOTE FOR NEWTON LEROY “NEWT” GINGRICH

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Expectations..

According to Webster: ex·pec·ta·tions, (in context) Prospects, especially of success or gain.

Borrowing from a segment of yesterday’s offering…

 

         Barack Obama

“Shortly after the Senate vote on Saturday, Obama said: “While this agreement…

 (Speaking of the payroll tax cut extension presently before Congress)

…is for two months, it is my expectation, “in fact it would be inexcusable for Congress not to further extend this middle-class tax cut for the rest of the year. It should be a formality. And hopefully it’s done with as little drama as possible when they get back in January.”

According to Webster: in·ex·cus·a·ble, Impossible to excuse or justify; unpardonable.

According to Webster: for·mal·i·ty, An established form, rule, or custom, especially one followed merely for the sake of procedure or decorum.

According to Webster: dra·ma, (in context)  The quality or condition of being dramatic.

Interesting, albeit, “at least in my opinion,” “totally oblivious,” coming from a man who has built his entire life and his entire career on dramatic expectations and insipid formality.

According to Webster: in·sip·id, (in context) Lacking flavor or zest; not tasty.

Barack Obama to date, “in my considered opinion,” has been a disaster for every man woman and child in America, with of course the obvious exceptions, himself and his family.

According to Webster: dis·as·ter, An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Death and Taxes..

According to Webster: death, The act of dying; termination of life; – the state of being dead.

According to Webster: tax·es, (in context) A contribution for the support of a Government required of persons, groups, or businesses within the domain of that Government.

HEADLINE…

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dead at 69”

Kim Jong ill

In the news this week, the passing of the “Dear Leader” of North Korea, Kim Jong ill.

“PYONGYANG, North Korea — Kim Jong Ill, North Korea’s longtime dictator who allowed his people to starve while building a vast military, has died of heart failure. His death sparked immediate concern over who is in control of the reclusive state and its nuclear program.

A “special broadcast” from the North Korean capital, state media said the 69-year-old died of a heart ailment on a train due to a “great mental and physical strain” on Saturday during a “high intensity field inspection.” It said an autopsy was completed on Sunday and “fully confirmed” the diagnosis.

A spokesperson at the Unification Ministry confirmed Kim’s death to NBC News. His funeral will be held on December 28.

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008, but he had appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media.

The communist country’s “Dear Leader” — reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine — was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.

“It is the biggest loss for the party … and it is our people and nation’s biggest sadness,” an anchorwoman clad in black Korean traditional dress said in a voice choked with tears. She said the nation must “change our sadness to strength and overcome our difficulties.” (Source, MSN.com)

Also in the news this week…

HEADLINE…

Top Senate Dem Insists on 2-Month Payroll Tax Cut.

 

Sen. Harry Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will not renegotiate a year-long extension of payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits unless the House first approves a bipartisan two-month version that House Republicans strongly oppose.

The Nevada Democrat’s remarks seemed to put the Senate on a collision course with the GOP-run House. Speaker John Boehner told reporters that he expects the House to reject the two-month bill Monday evening.

The Senate passed the shorter version on Saturday with strong support from senators of both parties and the backing of President Barack Obama. It had been negotiated by Senate leaders of both parties.

After that vote, House Republican lawmakers told their leaders that they strongly opposed the Senate bill. Boehner and other top House Republicans then said they opposed the Senate-approved bill. (Source, ABC news)

Speaker John Boehner

Boehner: “House will reject Obama-Senate tax cut deal.”

House Speaker John Boehner predicted today that the Republican-run House will vote down a White House-Senate deal to extend the payroll tax cut for two months, saying Congress should approve a year-long extension instead.

A two-month extension “causes uncertainty for job creators,” Boehner told reporters, adding that House and Senate lawmakers should sit down and “do our work.”

The House is expected to vote later tonight. The Senate, however, has left town, and it’s not certain members would return to work on a revised payroll tax agreement. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said he has no plans to re-open negotiations on the two-month tax cut extension that the Senate approved Saturday with 89 out of 100 votes.

All of which means the payroll tax cut dispute could stretch past Christmas and into the new year — when the 2011 cut expires, and Americans face a hike on their payroll taxes.

“If House Republicans refuse to pass this bipartisan bill to extend the payroll tax cut, there will be a significant tax increase on 160 million hardworking Americans in 13 days that would damage the economy and job growth,” said White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer.

The Senate bill also includes an extension of unemployment benefits.

One dispute revolving around the payroll tax cut is how to pay for it. House Republicans want a series of spending cuts that Democrats object to; Senate Democrats had sought a tax surcharge on millionaires, but Republicans forced them to drop that plan from the Senate bill.

Democrats called the two-month extension a stop-gap, and that they will work with Republicans on a year-long extension after lawmakers return to work in January.

Sidebar, ..(promises,) ..(promises,) ..(promises.)

“The two-month extension is the only way to get a year extension,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaking today on MSNBC.

Sen. Charles Schumer

Scientific fact, i.e. “reality”, ..a parrot can talk.

A Parrot.

Moving along…

Boehner and his aides also point out that Obama backs a year-long extension of the payroll tax cut, and that’s what they are trying to do.

“I don’t believe the differences between the House and Senate are that a great,” Boehner said.

Shortly after the Senate vote on Saturday, Obama said: “While this agreement is for two months, it is my expectation, “in fact it would be inexcusable for Congress not to further extend this middle-class tax cut for the rest of the year. It should be a formality. And hopefully it’s done with as little drama as possible when they get back in January.”

If the House does reject the Senate plan later today, there will be some good news for Obama. The bill includes a provision requiring the president to issue a permit for a controversial oil pipeline, or explain why it is not in the national interest?

While Republicans cast the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a jobs and energy program, Obama says the project requires more environmental study. (Source, USAtoday.com)

Question: What does the starving disenfranchised population of North Korea mourning the loss of their “Dear Leader” have to do with elected officials in America behaving like children?

Multiple-choice…

A.) Nothing.

B.) Ignorance is universal.

C.) Koreans understand discipline.

D.) Power is corrosive.

According to Webster: cor·ro·sive, (in context) Gradually destructive; steadily harmful.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Anniversary..

According to Webster: an·ni·ver·sa·ry, n. The annually recurring date of a past event, especially one of historical, national, or personal importance.

Today, marks…

 For my Lovely Wife Linda & I

 Think about whatever you’d like, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit… 

By half..

According to Webster: half, (in context) Partial or incomplete.

According to Webster: par·tial, Of, relating to, being, or affecting only a part; not total; incomplete.

According to Webster: in·com·plete, Not complete.

In yesterday’s offering, i.e., (Blog) I reported that Congress worked an average of 181 days in 2010, or approximately half the year. I further commented on the fact, that “in my humble opinion,” I believe that an individual working half the time an individual in the private sector works, should not be paid a full-time wage, ..fair is fair.

According to Webster: fair, (in context) Just and honest: equitable.

SYNONYMS: fair, just, equitable, impartial, unprejudiced, unbiased, objective, dispassionate. free from favoritism.

Following are the numbers published by (thecapital.net)

Congress   by the Numbers
2010
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111-2
2009
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111-1
2008
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110-2
2007
PDF
110-1
2006
PDF
109-2
2005
PDF
109-1
2004
PDF
108-2
2003
PDF
108-1
2002
PDF
107-2
2001
PDF
107-1
2000
PDF
106-2
1999
PDF
106-1
1998
PDF
105-2
1997
PDF
105-1
1996
PDF
104-2
Days   in Session Senate 158 191 184 190 138 159 133 167 149 173 141 162 143 153 132
House 127 159 118 164 101 140 110 133 123 142 135 137 119 132 122
Time   in Session (hours) Senate 1075 1421 989 1376 1028 1222 1032 1454 1043 1236 1018 1184 1095 1093 1037
House 879 1247 890 1478 850 1067 879 1015 772 922 1054 1125 999 1004 919
Average   Length Daily Session (hours) Senate 6.8 7.4 5.4 7.2 7.4 7.7 7.8 8.7 7 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.7 7.1 7.9
House 6.9 7.8 7.5 9.0 8.4 7.6 8.0 7.6 6.3 6.5 7.8 8.2 8.4 7.6 7.5
Bills/Resolutions   Introduced Senate 1506 3380 1590 3033 2302 2616 1318 2398 1558 2212 1546 2352 1321 1840 860
House 3098 5691 3225 6194 2451 5703 2338 4616 2711 4318 2701 4241 2254 3728 1899
TOTAL 4604 9071 4815 9227 4753 8321 3656 7014 4269 6530 4247 6593 3575 5568 2759
Public   Laws Enacted Number 258 125 278 138 248 169 300 198 241 136 410 170 241 153 245
% of   total Introduced 5.6 1.38 5.8 1.5 5.2 2.03 8.21 2.82 5.65 2.08 9.65 2.58 6.74 2.75 8.88
Recorded   Votes Senate 299 397 215 442 279 366 216 459 253 380 298 374 314 298 306
House 1 660 987 688 1186 541 671 544 677 484 512 603 611 547 640 455
TOTAL 959 1384 903 1628 820 1037 760 1136 739 892 901 985 861 938 761

A lot of numbers to be sure…

Salaries and Benefits of U.S. Congress Members…

U.S. Congress salaries and benefits have been the source of taxpayer unhappiness and myths over the years. Here are some facts for your consideration.

Rank-and-File Members: The current salary (2011) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.

  • Members are free to turn down pay increase and some choose to do so.
  • In a complex system of calculations, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, congressional pay rates also affect the salaries for federal judges and other senior government executives.
  • During the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin considered proposing that elected government officials not be paid for their service. Other Founding Fathers, however, decided otherwise.
  • From 1789 to 1855, members of Congress received only a per diem (daily payment) of $6.00 while in session, except for a period from December 1815 to March 1817, when they received $1,500 a year. Members began receiving an annual salary in 1855, when they were paid $3,000 per year.

Congress: Leadership Members’ Salary… (2011)

Leaders of the House and Senate are paid a higher salary than rank-and-file members.

Senate Leadership…

Majority Party Leader – $193,400
Minority Party Leader – $193,400

House Leadership…

Speaker of the House – $223,500
Majority Leader – $193,400
Minority Leader – $193,400

A cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) increase takes effect annually unless Congress votes to not accept it.

Benefits Paid to Members of Congress…

You may have read that Members of Congress do not pay into Social Security. Well, that’s a myth.

Prior to 1984, neither Members of Congress nor any other federal civil service employee paid Social Security taxes. Of course, they were also not eligible to receive Social Security benefits. Members of Congress and other federal employees were instead covered by a separate pension plan called the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). The 1983 amendments to the Social Security Act required federal employees first hired after 1983 to participate in Social Security. These amendments also required all Members of Congress to participate in Social Security as of January 1, 1984, regardless of when they first entered Congress. Because the CSRS was not designed to coordinate with Social Security, Congress directed the development of a new retirement plan for federal workers. The result was the Federal Employees’ Retirement System Act of 1986.

Members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. They become vested after five years of full participation.

Members elected since 1984 are covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS). Those elected prior to 1984 were covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). In 1984 all members were given the option of remaining with CSRS or switching to FERS.

As it is for all other federal employees, congressional retirement is funded through taxes and the participants’ contributions. Members of Congress under FERS contribute 1.3 percent of their salary into the FERS retirement plan and pay 6.2 percent of their salary in Social Security taxes.

Members of Congress are not eligible for a pension until they reach the age of 50, but only if they’ve completed 20 years of service. Members are eligible at any age after completing 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62.

“Please also note that Members of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to even receive a pension.”

The amount of a congressperson’s pension depends on the years of service and the average of the highest 3 years of his or her salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.

According to the Congressional Research Service, 413 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service as of Oct. 1, 2006. Of this number, 290 had retired under CSRS and were receiving an average annual pension of $60,972. A total of 123 Members had retired with service under both CSRS and FERS or with service under FERS only. Their average annual pension was $35,952 in 2006.

President’s Salary…

Effective January 1, 2001, the annual salary of the president of the United States was increased to $400,000 per year, including a $50,000 expense allowance.

Vice President’s Salary…

The salary of the vice president is currently (for 2011) $230,700

Presidential Retirement and Maintenance…

Under the Former Presidents Act, each former president is paid a lifetime, taxable pension that is equal to the annual rate of basic pay for the head of an executive federal department — $199,700 in 2011 –

Each former president and vice president may also take advantage of funds allocated by Congress to help facilitate their transition to private life. These funds are used to provide suitable office space, staff compensation, communications services, and printing and postage associated with the transition. As an example, Congress authorized a total of $1.5 million for the transition expenses of outgoing president George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle.

The Secret Service provides lifetime protection for former presidents who entered office before January 1, 1997, and for their spouses. Surviving spouses of former presidents receive protection until remarriage. Legislation enacted in 1984 allows former Presidents or their dependents to decline Secret Service protection.

Former Presidents and their spouses, widows, and minor children are entitled to treatment in military hospitals. Health care costs are billed to the individual at a rate established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Former Presidents and their dependents may also enroll in private health plans at their own expense.

Presidential Retirement Benefits…

Presidential retirement benefits were non-existent until the enactment of the Former Presidents Act (FPA) in 1958. Since then, presidential retirement benefits have included a lifetime annual pension, staff and office allowances, travel expenses, Secret Service protection and more.

Pension…

Former presidents are offered a taxable lifetime pension equal to the annual rate of basic pay for the heads of executive branch departments, like the Cabinet Secretaries. This amount is set annually by Congress and is currently (in 2011) $199,700 per year. The pension starts the minute the president officially leaves office at noon on Inauguration Day. Widows of former presidents are provided with a $20,000 annual lifetime pension and mailing privileges, unless they choose to waive their right to the pension.

Transition Expenses…

For the first 7 months, beginning one month before the January 20 inauguration, former presidents get transition funding the help them transition back into private life. Granted under the Presidential Transition Act, the funds can be used for office space, staff compensation, communications services, and printing and postage associated with the transition. The amount provided is determined by Congress.

Staff and Office Allowances…

Six months after a president leaves office, he or she gets funds for an office staff. During the first 30 months after the leaving office, the former president gets a maximum of $150,000 per year for this purpose. Thereafter, the Former Presidents Act stipulates that the aggregate rates of staff compensation for a former President cannot exceed $96,000 annually. Any additional staff costs must be paid for personally by the former president.

Former presidents are compensated for office space and office supplies at any location in the United States. Funds for former presidents’ office space and equipment are authorized annually by Congress as part of the budget for the General Services Administration (GSA).

Travel Expenses…

Under a law enacted in 1968, the GSA makes funds available to former presidents and no more than two of his or her staff members for travel and related expenses. To be compensated, the travel must be related to the former president’s status as an official representative of the United States government. In other words, travel for pleasure is not compensated. The GSA determines all appropriate costs for travel.

Secret Service Protection…

Former presidents who entered office before January 1, 1997 and their spouses get Secret Service protection for life, unless they choose to decline it. Surviving spouses of former presidents get secret service protection until they remarry. (18 U.S.C. 3056 – Powers, authorities, and duties of United States Secret Service)

Former presidents who entered office after January 1, 1997 and their spouses get Secret Service protection for a maximum of 10 years. A spouse’s 10-year protection ends upon divorce, remarriage, or the death of the former president. In the event of the death of a serving president, the spouse gets Secret Service protection for one year. In addition, the Secretary of Homeland Security can authorize temporary protection at any time. (18 U.S.C. 3056)

Protection for a former president’s children is available to them until the age of 16 or for a period not to exceed 10 years, whichever occurs first. (18 U.S.C. 3056)

In addition, the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000, granted the Secret Service additional authority to investigate threats against former presidents and their families.

The Secret Service also provides protective services to the vice president, (or other individuals next in order of succession to the Office of the President), the president-elect and vice president-elect, and the immediate families of the/those individuals.

Medical Expenses…

Former Presidents and their spouses, widows, and minor children are entitled to treatment in military hospitals. Former presidents and their dependants also have the option of enrolling in private health insurance plans at their own expense.

State Funerals…

Former presidents are traditionally granted state funerals with military honors. Details of the funeral are based on the wishes of the former president’s family. (Source, about.com)

The burial benefit offered by the United States government to an American citizen qualified for Social Security is $255.

As a combat veteran of Vietnam, the government will provide me with a burial plot and a headstone, albeit I have to provide my own casket.

When I transitioned from working for the United States government, (U.S. Army) I didn’t have enough money for bus fare, ..so I hitchhiked home.

Bottom line, ..it’s good to be King, ..and/or an elected official in the United States of America.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Feedback..

According to Webster: feed·back, n. The return of information about the result of a process or activity; an evaluative response.

WordPress, “at least in my opinion,” is an upwardly mobile organization that constantly monitors its clients and regularly provides feedback, which I greatly appreciated.

Were it that I received as much attention from the public, I would definitely be a happy camper.

As of today, during the preceding 283 days, to include this morning, I have published 306 blogs, some of which I hope, someone somewhere on the planet, is appreciating?

Question: Who am I ?

Answer: I am a senior citizen in his last few days as a sexagenarian…

According to Webster: sex·a·ge·nar·i·an, A person who is 60 years old or between the ages of 60 and 70.

…and God willing, ..I will celebrate my “Seventieth Birthday” on December 26, 2011.

For anyone who understands the difference between “Conservative” and “Liberal,” ..there is no mistake, ..I am a conservative individual in my daily life, ..and in my politics. I am a registered Republican, although (sadly) beginning with George H. W. Bush and continued via his offspring, George “Duba” ..there has been a monumental redefinition of the term Republican.

According to Webster: re·pub·li·can, (in context) Of, relating to, characteristic of, or belonging to the Republican Party of the United   States.

Editorial: A political party, ..at least when I joined 50 some years ago, ..the Republican Party stood for smaller government and fewer taxes. Which (sadly) ..is a far cry from the Republican party of today.

According to Webster: re·pub·lic,  A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them.

According to Webster: con·ser·va·tive, (in context) Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.

According to Webster: lib·er·al,  (in context) Of, designating, or characteristic of a political party founded on or associated with principles of social and political liberalism.

According to Webster: car·pet·bag·ger, 1. A Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War for political or financial advantage. 2. An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality. [So called because they carried their belongings in a carpetbag.]

Of course today’s carpetbaggers, ..who know no boundaries, keep and hide their belongings, i.e., (financial advantages) in secret offshore accounts, ..believing that those of us, (the American public and taxpayers,) that “they” plundered, are too stupid to know what “they” are doing.

According to Webster: they, (in context) Used to refer to the ones previously mentioned or implied.

Currently, we, “We the People,” are again being courted by those, i.e., “they,” ..”our” ..self-aggrandizing politicians, ..who if for no other reason, ..understand that “they,” ..will be set for life, ..if “they,” ..can obtain enough of our votes to reside in the White House.

Beginning at age 16, I began working and paying into Social Security, which I paid into for 43 years until the age of 59 when I was medically retired after my forth back surgery. Although I draw the maximum amount allowed, due to the amount I paid in, my retirement income is totally laughable, compared to the retirement income of any elected official in America who has served even a single term.

My job, by mutual agreement, for the first 15 years required me to work 351 days of each year. After 15 years of service with my employer, by mutual agreement, I was granted an extra week of vacation, which then of course, by agreement only required me to work 344 days of a year.

Question: How many people work for the U.S. Federal Government, ..excluding the military and Post Office?

Answer: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1.8 million civilians work for the Federal Government.

 

Question: How many people work for Walmart Inc.?

Answer: Walmart is an American multinational retailer corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. The company is the world’s 18th largest public corporation, according to the Forbes Global 2000 list, and the largest public corporation when ranked by revenue. It is also the biggest private employer in the world with over 2 million employees, and is the largest retailer in the world.

Walmart maintains more than half of its workforce as part-time employees to avoid providing benefits.

Question: If it is legal for Walmart to avoid providing benefits for their part-time employees, then why are we, i.e., “We the People” providing better benefits for our federal employees than we provide for ourselves?

According to statistics published and posted on the Internet by the United States Government, “our” Congressman and Congresswomen averaged working 181 days during 2010.

Doing the math, that works out to 184 days a year that “our employees” did not work in 2010. (more than half the year.) Which of course, “at least in my humble opinion,” compared to the days and/or hours worked by a part time Walmart employee, would and/or should make our Congressman and Congresswomen part-time employees.

Final Question: If Social Security is good enough for us, ..the men and women who finance the Government, ..then why is it not good enough for the men and women who work for us?

 

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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