Weak leadership

Weak leadership does not always means heads of states. It also means as low as a supervisor on a shift. A weak leadership can be seen by the amount of chaos surrounding every facet of life. Today everywhere the world is out of control. And leaders are speaking loud. But no muscle behind their words.

So when you see disasters after disasters look toward your leaders. And see what they are saying. And when you feel like their words have no meaning. Or they are sitting back and hoping it goes away. Remember in the next election what was done. When our leaders can not control the situation we must take responsibility to stabilize the situations. We must take it upon ourselves to stand up and take control. By learning what not to place in office next time.

We must follow what Kennedy said in his inauguration. “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

Weak leaders become very powerful when the people become the spectators. By your actions you can control your leaders.

Think hard. Your world is crumbling beneath you.

The Robin Hood Society

Last night I got to experience the joy of generosity. A man and his wife dropped off toys for those children who are ill. It was a beautiful moment short lived. When you see extreme sick children it is heart wrenching. An hour later a new shift came in and the person ask what is that all about all the boxes. I told her. And she was eyeing certain toys. Instead of being happy for the sick children she thought out load one of the toys would be nice for her healthy grandson. Had no intention of donating money for the toy.

Sadly this is not one individual’s idea that a poor person should expect hand outs without any responsibility. This is the norm for today’s poor in our nation. And politicians are building on giving the poor what they don’t have.

Does the poor have any pride? Do they have any conscience that would wake them up? Awake them from the idea that someone else’s riches will not make them happy. It will only make them worse than the rich before them. Napoleon and Josephine are the prime example. Those that they beheaded and attain their riches were no better. And later suffered the same fate as their predecessor.

It is sad times to come. A beggars country.

Harassment by your own party

I am a democrat who is being harassed by his own party. I get an average of twenty emails a day to scare me into voting for the President. And about forty calls on our voice mail until 9 PM.

Are they that desperate? I am one of those who are voting for Romney. I was going to vote the rest for the Democrats. Now after today I am voting all the way across the board Republican. And I hope others will do the same. They are terrible the way they treat their own party.

Here are samples of the emails.

This is with one hour. All from Frankel congressman. And it continuously from the same email. I have even gotten insulting.

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Have any of you read the Obamacare bill and it’s taxes?

Not going to express opinion. Just show you. And you come to your own conclusion.

Strongly recommend you read on its website the complete bill of Obamacare. Do you realize some one has to pay for it?

Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes
Issues: Health
Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes: Listed by Size of Tax Hike

Complied by Americans for Tax Reform

WASHINGTON, DC — Obamacare contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses. Arranged by their respective sizes according to CBO scores, below is the total list of all $500 billion-plus in tax hikes (over the next ten years) in Obamacare, their effective dates, and where to find them in the bill.

$123 Billion: Surtax on Investment Income (Takes effect Jan. 2013): A new, 3.8 percent surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 ($200,000 single). This would result in the following top tax rates on investment income:

Capital Gains

Dividends

Other*

2012

15%

15%

35%

2013+

23.8%

43.4%

43.4%

*Other unearned income includes (for surtax purposes) gross income from interest, annuities, royalties, net rents, and passive income in partnerships and Subchapter-S corporations. It does not include municipal bond interest or life insurance proceeds, since those do not add to gross income. It does not include active trade or business income, fair market value sales of ownership in pass-through entities, or distributions from retirement plans. The 3.8% surtax does not apply to non-resident aliens. (Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 87-93)

$86 Billion: Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax (Takes effect Jan. 2013): Current law and changes:

First $200,000
($250,000 Married)
Employer/Employee

All Remaining Wages
Employer/Employee

Current Law

1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed

1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed

Obamacare Tax Hike

1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed

1.45%/2.35%
3.8% self-employed

Bill: PPACA, Reconciliation Act; Page: 2000-2003; 87-93

$65 Billion: Individual Mandate Excise Tax and Employer Mandate Tax (Both taxes take effect Jan. 2014):

Individual: Anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance as defined by Obama-appointed HHS bureaucrats must pay an income surtax according to the higher of the following

1 Adult

2 Adults

3+ Adults

2014

1% AGI/$95

1% AGI/$190

1% AGI/$285

2015

2% AGI/$325

2% AGI/$650

2% AGI/$975

2016 +

2.5% AGI/$695

2.5% AGI/$1390

2.5% AGI/$2085

Exemptions for religious objectors, undocumented immigrants, prisoners, those earning less than the poverty line, members of Indian tribes, and hardship cases (determined by HHS). Bill: PPACA; Page: 317-337

Employer: If an employer does not offer health coverage, and at least one employee qualifies for a health tax credit, the employer must pay an additional non-deductible tax of $2000 for all full-time employees. Applies to all employers with 50 or more employees. If any employee actually receives coverage through the exchange, the penalty on the employer for that employee rises to $3000. If the employer requires a waiting period to enroll in coverage of 30-60 days, there is a $400 tax per employee ($600 if the period is 60 days or longer). Bill: PPACA; Page: 345-346

(Combined score of individual and employer mandate tax penalty: $65 billion)

$60.1 Billion: Tax on Health Insurers (Takes effect Jan. 2014): Annual tax on the industry imposed relative to health insurance premiums collected that year. Phases in gradually until 2018. Fully-imposed on firms with $50 million in profits. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,986-1,993

$32 Billion: Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans (Takes effect Jan. 2018): Starting in 2018, new 40 percent excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans ($10,200 single/$27,500 family). Higher threshold ($11,500 single/$29,450 family) for early retirees and high-risk professions. CPI +1 percentage point indexed. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,941-1,956

$23.6 Billion: “Black liquor” tax hike (Took effect in 2010) This is a tax increase on a type of bio-fuel. Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 105

$22.2 Billion: Tax on Innovator Drug Companies (Took effect in 2010): $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to share of sales made that year. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,971-1,980

$20 Billion: Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers (Takes effect Jan. 2013): Medical device manufacturers employ 360,000 people in 6000 plants across the country. This law imposes a new 2.3% excise tax. Exempts items retailing for <;$100. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,980-1,986

$15.2 Billion: High Medical Bills Tax (Takes effect Jan 1. 2013): Currently, those facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction for medical expenses to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI). The new provision imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI. Waived for 65+ taxpayers in 2013-2016 only. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,994-1,995

$13.2 Billion: Flexible Spending Account Cap – aka “Special Needs Kids Tax” (Takes effect Jan. 2013): Imposes cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited). Indexed to inflation after 2013. There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children. There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education. Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,388-2,389

$5 Billion: Medicine Cabinet Tax (Took effect Jan. 2011): Americans no longer able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin). Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,957-1,959

$4.5 Billion: Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D (Takes effect Jan. 2013) Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,994

$4.5 Billion: Codification of the “economic substance doctrine” (Took effect in 2010): This provision allows the IRS to disallow completely-legal tax deductions and other legal tax-minimizing plans just because the IRS deems that the action lacks “substance” and is merely intended to reduce taxes owed. Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 108-113

$2.7 Billion: Tax on Indoor Tanning Services (Took effect July 1, 2010): New 10 percent excise tax on Americans using indoor tanning salons. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,397-2,399

$1.4 Billion: HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike (Took effect Jan. 2011): Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,959

$0.6 Billion: $500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives (Takes effect Jan. 2013): Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,995-2,000

$0.4 Billion: Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax Hike (Took effect in 2010): The special tax deduction in current law for Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies would only be allowed if 85 percent or more of premium revenues are spent on clinical services. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,004

$ Negligible: Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals (Took effect in 2010): $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet new "community health assessment needs," "financial assistance," and "billing and collection" rules set by HHS. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,961-1,971

$ Negligible: Employer Reporting of Insurance on W-2 (Took effect in Jan. 2012): Preamble to taxing health benefits on individual tax returns. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,957

Read more: http://www.atr.org/full-list-obamacare-tax-hikes-listed-a7010#ixzz1zTXuZUYl

My turbulent and beautiful childhood.

My life as a child was a wonderful life. But it was also turbulent. Full of fun and loving times in Europe, my home. I remember my friend Anna who knew four different languages. Then our maid Berta. My friends next door. The smells of good food. Goulash was my favorite. It was fun until the invasion of Hungary.

I never forget the night of the invasion. And all the women and children in our base were gathered for a meeting. Instructing us how to evacuate and where to go. Pictures was taken of us. Always ready with our suitcase to flee during the night. And even with this fear we all had a good childhood. A childhood of love. Of friendship. All looking out for each other.

I love my life in Europe.

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These are pictures of me and my family.

It shows that no matter what material items you may have family and friends are the most important thing in life.

Campaign ignorance

To start I am not going to tell you how to vote. But I am going to tell you how not to make an idiot out of yourself.

First of all, do not take these campaign advertisements as truth. They play on your emotions and your ignorance.

Example: The one about plan parenthood and women’s rights. First the abortion Supreme Court Ruling. The only people that can overturn the ruling is two ways. The Supreme Court can overturn their own ruling. Second, a contitutional amendment. Do you notice how many amendments there are. Not many in two hundred years plus. It takes 2/3 majority of the states to ratify an amendment.

So women, quit thinking by the guy’s looks and his charismatic speeches. Start looking at past records. Quit being so emotional. Start thinking. What you are putting on Facebook and Twitter are making you look like fools. You are making the rest of the country wonder if you were given the right to vote in error. Remember, evrey dictator was charismatic. He was able to hypnotize the people into following him. Read your history and see what is in the candidates that could raise a red flag.

Today I saw a group on Facebook that claims a judge in Texas claim the if the President gets re-elected there will be civil war. I doubt that. Where are you people coming from. This country have survived bad Presidents and good Presidents. Let the system take care of itself.

The income tax. If the candidate did not pay his income tax he would be in jail. IRS are unmerciful.

Next is the new movie that is coming out called 2016. Very valid. And based on what the President has written. But also very bendable. Subjective interpretations. Not saying the movie is wrong. Actually more right. But you must weigh the issues here. Can a President get away with these things in the movie. The contitiution protects our country from a rogue President. And history has shown that the President can not do what he wants without someone looking over his shoulder. No doubt I do fear what this President represents. But I trust the Constitution of the United States to protect us from such a person’s action.

Really the best way to judge these two gentlemen is to look at their past and then make a decission.

For the President, that will be easy. What has he done in the last four years? If he is promising something, why did he not do it in this last four years? Look at his campaign before he became President. How much did he lie then? How much came true in his administration that he promised? And where does the country stands healthwise? Is it in better shape now than when he took it over? Or is it worse? Look at statistics. Use your heads. Stop using your emotions. Ladies, your are the best at being bosses when it comes to private corporations. Why can’t you do the same when it comes down to politics?

As the challanging candidate, that is harder. He is untried. So you go on his past. But mostly look at how bad it might be right now. And think is this guy capable of getting us out of the mess we are in today. Can it get worse? Or are we at the bottom and anything we do can only get better.

So people, both men and women, look at the truth. Stop looking at the image. Look at the negative campaigns. Why are they doing it that way? Is it because their record is so bad that they can not talk about their accomplishments? Look at these two men and ask what will your future be the next four years. Will you be on the unemployement line searching for Romney’s tax returns or Obama’s birth certificate. Look at what is important to you. Not what these guy’s lifestyles are. They will not feed your family or keep a roof over your head by their speeches or their looks. It will be by their actions.

So people don’t revolt. Don’t speculate. Use the most powerful weapon in our country, the ballot box

Freedoms lost

This morning I was writing a blog of my true feelings toward what was happen in our world. About destroying all the foundations that made our country great. Then I chose to delete it.

Today if you are part of a certain group that is self centered you have the freedom to speak. More like shout. But if you are the opposing belief, you can not speak or write. You are considered a bigot, a segregationist. A criminal. We are not talking about race. We are talking a choice of lifestyle.

If we speak our minds we lose our jobs or ruin our business. The sad part about today is freedom of speech is not all views respected. It is if you don’t agree with the ones who shout the loudest that is freedom of speech. A silent police state by a society.

Where is our freedom to speak without fear? What happened to the four freedoms?

We need to think a lot on this. Or we will become a self inflicted police state.

Really think about it. Sometimes what is politically correct may not always be right or good.

Remember this, freedom of speech may not always be what you want to hear. But maybe what you say may not be always appealing to others. Respect their opinion as they would respect yours.

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