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The Old Hippie Manifesto
December 29, 2012
As I write this, we’re about to fall off the “Fiscal Cliff”. In a nutshell, the Fiscal Cliff of December 31st is when the “Bush Tax Cuts” end, many subsidies end, the country hits the “Debt Ceiling” and runs out of money, and across the board cuts (known as a Sequester) to all Federal agencies – especially the military – go into effect.
Let’s take them one by one.
- Tax Rates.
- Income Tax Rates for everyone will go up. Those who pay no taxes will pay about $300, while those earning $1Million a year will pay an additional $170,000. I expect mine to go up about $30,000 a year. While many have fallen for the Class Warfare Obama has pushed on us, and won’t shed a tear for those earning a higher income, there is a trickle-down effect that will affect everyone. Many of these so called rich are small business people, and they’ll cut back even more in than they’ve already been preparing for with Obamacare. I personally have put off all plans to open any new business until there is sanity restored to government (Going Galt), and I refuse to hire anyone full time. I won’t be buying a new car or truck in the near future – and I’m driving an 8-year-old truck for the first time in many years. So if you have anything to do with building cars, selling cars, making parts, or even wanting to collect sales tax on a car purchase — Sorry. You will also find times tougher if you work in a restaurant, sell electronics, work in the travel industry, or do anything else financed with discretionary income. There will be less to spend, so more people will be laid off, causing even less to be spent, causing even more to be laid off.
- Payroll Taxes paid by employer and employee. These rates go up for both starting January 1. Additionally there is a new Obamacare tax. Employers have to cut back somewhere – and that will be people.
- Capital Gains Tax. This is a tax on something that you paid with your already taxed dollars – and then sold for more than you bought it for. It also includes the weak ass interest you might receive on your savings – or the sale of your house (which also gets a new 3% Obamacare tax). It currently is 15% — and will go to 40%.
- Death Tax. Goes to 55% from 35%, and the exemption drops from $5Million that you can shield to $1Million (a common house in many cities) that you can shield. Say you spent your early years working and studying harder than all of your friends so that you could give your future family a better life than you had. Your busting ass and taking big risks pay off and you hit that level of financial success you planned for. Then you die. Instead of the money, investments, and property (that the government left you after seizing its share in Income tax) going to your heirs – the government first skims 55% off the top as a tribute. Don Fanucci calls this Wetting the Beak.
- AMT – Alternative Minimum Tax. Obama will tell you that I’m rich because I EARN over $250,000 a year, and that I have tax loop holes available to me. I have no loop holes and pay a huge amount in taxes. I am means tested away from everything the average citizen gets. I also have the burden of AMT – and the $7500 my CPA charges to prepare my associated tax returns from fully documented computer records of my accounting system (which also cost me a pricey sum during the year). You see my taxes have to be prepared two different ways – and I have to pay the higher of the two. Some freaking loop hole! Coming up are 30 Million more of you get to have the same pleasure of this AMT.
- Subsidies. Government Subsidies go to corn farmers for ethanol in gas, dairy farmers, solar farms, wind farms, colleges, tv stations, car manufacturers, and all kinds of other stupid stuff. It is a Socialist tool to spread the wealth from the 50% who pay taxes, to the Moochers who pay no taxes and have their hands out for a socialist government spreading the wealth. A true Capitalist economy wouldn’t have it – but just the same expect your milk to go to $8 a gallon, gas to jump, and your electric bill to spike from the lack of these subsidies getting renewed.
- Debt Ceiling. Whenever the country spends more than it takes in – it goes into debt. Congress has to approve the debt. Five years ago this debt was $5Trillion dollars – which is a Hell of a lot of money that will take forever to pay off, mainly because of the size of the interest payments to our creditor – China! When with Obama giving away free stuff like cell phones, Internet, Food Stamps, unemployment forever, and greasing political cronies like Solindra, GM, Fiat,… our debt ceiling was authorized to be $16.4 Trillion. It might sound like just a number to you – but you can never repay that kind of money. We will hit that debt ceiling this Monday – and then we can borrow no more. Secretary of the Treasury (and tax cheat as most Obama appointees are) Timmy Geithner will play some illegal magic with the number while Congress turns its head. Naturally they won’t cut off the handouts to moochers who put these Socialists in office – but I guarantee my VA disability will not be paid (barely worth mentioning anyway – but for others more seriously injured and having no other income are screwed), our Military personnel, parks, airports and anything else having to do with business or the military will see the lion share of the cuts.
- Sequester. Because not a single Fiscal Budget has been approved by Congress since Obama took office – the last agreement was for a “Sequester” to go into effect January 1st – if there still was not a budget approved. The Sequester has automatic cuts to all Federal Agencies – but really loads it up on the Military, who Liberals have always had distain for. Well the Democrats kept insisting on taxing and spending more, and Republicans kept insisting on cutting back on government – so nothing was agreed to and we get the Sequester.
OK – so those are the facts on what the Fiscal Cliff is. I have explained it because I’ve yet to find a family member or friend who actually knew any more than what Obama’s media has wanted them to know – which is that “the evil Republicans are making your taxes go up”.
Now I’m going to give my opinion/editorial on what should be done if we want to save this country from becoming the Fiscal Failure like the PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain). If you don’t know what’s happening there – you need to do a Google search and learn how their borrowing money to give to Moochers bankrupted them to the point where no one works, and there are no government services.
The reason that I feel qualified to discuss this is because I’ve been a political animal for over 30 years – and the news is on in my home 12-15 hours a day. I get up in the morning at 5AM and have the financial news on until 3PM while I make my stock trades (giving me an insight on Finance) and the National News on from 3PM to 7PM. I’m usually working on the computer – but I keep an ear open on important topics. I also have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. If I have any question in my mind about anything no matter how trivial – I look it up. I’m usually at the keyboard, but even sitting and watching a movie or a game will have me with my iPad to look up trivia like when the actress died, of what disease, or what years the coach played the game.
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years.
During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
- From bondage to spiritual faith;
- From spiritual faith to great courage;
- From courage to liberty;
- From liberty to abundance;
- From abundance to complacency;
- From complacency to apathy;
- From apathy to dependence;
- From dependence back into bondage.
You are either a Producer (contributing more than you receive), or a Moocher (receiving more than you contribute). Don’t like being called a Moocher – too bad cupcake. You are part of the problem with the United States going bankrupt. We are a society that continues to say the 5% paying 90% of the taxes aren’t doing their fair share.
In the past, the Christian Work ethic of Americans didn’t require big government. There were no handouts and people had to work to care for their family. If there was no work – you moved to where there was work. People moved from the Dust Bowl to California. People moved from the cotton fields of Mississippi to industry in places like Detroit. I moved from Buffalo, New York to Texas when factories closed in the 70s. You use to take responsibility and you showed some self-pride. Today you will make more money not working (in addition to under the table) than to work – and those who still aren’t working after 2 years (Obama wants to raise to three years!) of Unemployment handouts now go on Social Security disability – because they’re too distressed from not working to work, thus disabled.
In the past, family took care of family. All of my Great-Grandmothers were cared for by their children or grandchildren. Now the government pays for the elderly and disabled in families and families grow apart.
In the past, we had personal pride. I grew up in a 1-bedroom apartment with four brothers and three sisters (later upgrading to a two bedroom duplex) – and often had a grandfather or even another family living with us. I started selling doughnuts door to door at age 7, and had a paper route at age 10. The four eldest siblings always had a job from the time they turned 12 – always. My father worked minimum wage jobs (and it sure the Hell wasn’t what it is now days) pumping gas, delivering flowers, working at a hardware store, of being a security guard. Out of Pride, my family never applied for or received a penny of public assistance. Now the Moochers get a credit card and their unearned handouts are called Benefits – and paid into benefits like Social Security and Medicare (which I’ll never see a nickel of after paying the maximum all of my life) are considered some great government benefit. Well it is only a government benefit to the people who didn’t properly contribute to the system – or are fraudulently receiving benefits.
The problem is that the Socialists/Progressives/Liberals/Communists have won. They may have different motives of why they ran for office – from the Big C Communist carrying out Stalin’s dream and infiltration of the 1930s, to the Little C communist who is more of a Che/Castro Communist wanting to kill America by overburdening it with totally dependent people (Search Saul Alinsky and Cloward & Piven Strategy) – or just greedy people willing to sell out America for a high paying (and benefits) career of never having to actually have a job — by giving free stuff to moochers in exchange for their vote. Whether they do it for fame, principle, or free lunch – they have quickly brought us to the point of no return. LBJ’s Great Society was sold as a making all people equal – but 50 years later it is on its 4th generation of totally dependent moochers who will never be productive – cranking out kids who will also never be productive. It most hurt the people it was designed to help, because it was always a flawed plan. It has also created more hate between the races than I’ve experienced in my 58 years. Obama has wedged a great divide between the Producers and Moochers to record levels. It is how he got re-elected after being History’s Worst President. The Great Society has been a Great Failure. The reason we’re past the point of no return and the Liberals have won is because they are now the majority and will always vote for free stuff over real reform. Their greed and laziness has also caused them to be an ignorant group of people – who won’t make the simple effort to expand their knowledge, or even follow current events. We see these idiots on Jay Leno’s Jay Walking, or Howard Stern’s Man on the Street. These are sheeple that will accept anything politicians and the Liberal Media will tell them. Over the last 20 years Liberals have been going after our children with a vengeance. Most teachers are union activists, very Liberal, Pro Gay, and downright ignorant. Go have a conversation with your kid’s teachers and test what I’m telling you. Are they like your teachers in the 50s or 60s? Those kids making it to college (and most now go for stupid curriculums like French Literature or Sports Administration) have it even worse with the Professional Little C communists controlling all teaching positions. They are molding our kids in their vision.
If you’ve watched the News or listened to Obama and Reid in the last few days – you are under the impression that Boehner and the Republicans are going to make everybody’s taxes go up because they’re not going to vote for a Bill that raises taxes on anyone. While it is true that Conservatives feel that the problem isn’t enough taxes but too much spending – the lie is that the Democrats in the same Bill have agreed to cut nothing, they want to rescind the Sequester, they want to add another year of unemployment payments, and they want to increase the debt ceiling to even higher levels. Nowhere in the news does this get reported.
When I ran a larger business, I would tell my managers to never come to me with a problem without also having a suggested solution. So here’s my solution. Everyone gives up something to make things right. It is politically incorrect & racist – because you can’t take anything away from Moochers. It is said that Romney lost the election for telling the truth about the 47% that will vote for free stuff. Since then, Politicians will never again (at least on purpose) tell the truth, as it will be terminal to their career. I don’t hold a political office, nor will I ever run for one – so I’ll accept the racist label I’ll and just tell it like it is.
Taxes. In addition to an unfair system where 5% pays 90%, and 50% pay nothing – I’d go with a Federal Sales Tax REPLACING the Personal and Business Income Tax. Fire 99% of the IRS Thugs, as they won’t be needed. We do need prison guards though. Have accountants focus on business financials and other accounting rather than making a mountain out of a molehill on our taxes. In addition to the huge savings of 99% of the IRS expenses with a simple tax – everyone has skin in the game. Pimps, crack whores, Illegals, Visitors – any person or business buying something will be contributing in the revenue. While the rich pay more because they buy more (bigger homes, bigger cars, bigger boats, bigger cocktail bills!), everyone has a little skin in the game – reducing their Moocher footprint. You want to pay less tax – buy less. This sales tax is collected by the state – and remitted to the Feds. Since the States do what they’re supposed to do (take care of their people) and the Feds do what they’re supposed to do (take care of the states) – far less money needs to go to the Fed, and the non-military portion can be reduced to 5% of what it currently is as a nanny.
Eliminate Capital Gains tax and Estate tax. This is money left after being taxed at least once already – and it is not right to tax it again and again. The wealthy will take this money and set up yet more charitable foundations and give yet more to charity. This will eliminate both the need for a corrupt Government to be the nanny of the truly needy – and be far less corrupt with election contributions and cronyism. You’ll never convince Liberals of this charity aspect – because it is their greedy nature to hate Producers and it has never crossed their mind to be charitable. Liberals believe it is up to the government – not the citizens — to take care of their neighbor.
OK – after making the Revenue so simple that you can’t cheat and you need a million less government thugs to collect and audit – you need to properly handle expenses.
This Republic was originally created for the individual state to handle the vast majority of governing its people – and the Federal government was to handle those United States defense and interstate commerce. Don’t like the way your state is governing – move to state you liked! However, Progressives (name communists like to be referred to) in the 1920s-1930s saw the spread of the dream for One World Marxism. On the way – the Federal government grew like a cancer to rob our freedoms so they could expand in just the way our Founding Fathers warn us of. 80% of what the Federal Government has their finger in now would appall those Founding Fathers.
It was never the plan of the founding fathers to have tax dollars (we actually didn’t even have a Federal Income tax until 1900) going to subsidize colleges, solar energy, wind farms, milk, corn, Internet, cell phones, cash for clunkers, oil, matching election contributions. Daycare, welfare, unemployment, Obamacare, FEMA, flood insurance, bullets for the IRS, liar loan mortgages, — you get the idea!
Yesterday, Obama gave all Federal politicians and employees a raise by Executive Order. In the beginning, these politicians had their expenses paid by the state that had sent them. They didn’t receive 6-digit salaries, big expense accounts, private limos; or special retirement packages and premium free health care for life after just one term. They didn’t go on junkets to Tahiti either. Who gave them these benefits – you, me? No, these corrupt parasites give these gifts to themselves – and that doesn’t come close to the graft and corruption they receive in shady motel rooms or bogus salaries to their family members. Eliminate all of that, and rescind all these gifts they illegally gave themselves. Have the state pay for their representatives, staff, and expenses. Then the state will get the representation they deserve and the politician has to answer to someone about the money his office spends. Have term Limitations of one 6 year term to each branch – Executive, Senate, and Congress. This stops the campaigning while on our dime – and holds their feet to the fire to vote their conscience – as that was supposed to be the reason we put them there.
Get the US out of the UN, and the UN out of the US. There is no good to that organization – and no reason for us to finance their hatred of us. The UN is the most corrupt organization in the Universe. We waste hundreds of billions of dollars a year on this corrupt farce.
States need to handle the education and public assistance needs of their citizens through their portion of sales tax. (Again, no income tax, cigarette tax, FET, gasoline, or other hidden taxes – just one sales tax with the major portion going to the states and a small portion to the Federal Government – plus property taxes for those owning land.) The more localized you make it – the better the money is spent. If your state politicians want to play the Moocher game for votes that the Federal government is playing – a Producer will find a state better suited for his politics or personal responsibility. If smaller adjoining states need to merge to make this go – then it is their prerogative to negotiate the terms and put it to a vote. I have a lot of thoughts on how states should take care of the needy – without creating more of them, but that’s for another day.
I appreciate the military and want a strong defense. I enlisted when I was 16 and started serving shorting after turning 17. I am a Vietnam Era Service Connected Disabled Veteran. For 40 years, my injuries (although not combat related) cause me great pain every waking moment of the day – and greatly limits my mobility. I love the country I enlisted to serve. That said – let’s get out of the Middle East. When two groups of people who hate you start killing each other – you step away – and let them get to it. We have always chosen the wrong side with them – because there is no right side. Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan – they are all inhabited by violent animals driven by a violent culture of hate. Just stand back let them thin their own herd. If they have training camps or hideouts for attacking us – then send in an AC130, a drone, or a cruise and take them out. Tens of Billions are wasted each year with crony contracts to “Military Consultants”. End it. You’re either Military, Civil Servant (and that should be limited), or a contractor. Screw this unaccountable contract consultant stuff. The military also needs to show more accountability to the states on money they spend. More of the military should be localized to the state (as we did in the days of the Civil War) – but overseen by the Department of the Defense. States have the right to have any size State militia they are willing to fund. The Militia and the Right to Bear Arms were put into the Constitution because the Founding Father’s wanted these rights to belong with the states – and that Federal Governments are easily corrupted with shifting power from the states to themselves.
States handle their own highway systems with their own taxing based on the state’s needs. Interstate systems get turned over to the states. They maintain their sections of it. If they can’t – then cars and trucks will avoid that state. Money will no longer be doled out based on political affiliation. Illinois sure has had a lot of roadwork in the last five years – I’m just sayin! If the states wish to contract the repair and maintenance of these sections of Interstates to private business as toll roads, that’s their option. Pay for use is fair.
The Federal government needs to turn over Federal Park Lands to the state with the land. The state owns the property, its resources – and the expense of maintaining it.
While most of the governing (schools, health, welfare, roads, …) comes from the state – there are some (about 5% of what they’ve taken from the states over the years) use for a fair Federal government. FBI does need to handle Interstate crime. NSA or the CIA need to handle International intelligence as it applies to the protection against a foreign power. An Interstate commerce system is needed to ensure smooth travel between states. An EPA far different than the one we have ensure there is a balance between industry and the environment. A FTC for the protection of interstate crime against a consumer. A FCC to keep an organized and safe radio/TV/internet system. A small Federal prison system. The FAA for air traffic. Immigration – and while on that subject, Profile Immigration and stop the entry into the country by violent cultures for education, or any other reason. Ask France, England, Spain, and Demark how allowing Muslim men in the 16-50 age range is working out for them.
We don’t FEMA – that was never the Federal government’s job. States handle their own citizens’ rescue from storms. They will spend the money better and know the needs better. FEMA has failed everywhere. We don’t need them here in Texas! If you don’t have the proper insurance, then find a state with no bad weather or has that as a big priority. Home ownership is not a right – it is a privilege you earn from your hard work. I’ve personally been through 7 hurricanes and have learned that if you can’t afford to pay the taxes and insurances on your home – then you can’t afford to own a home. The government was never intended to pay your hotel bill for 2 years, like it did for Kartrina evacuees – or waste billions on trailers never used. It has always been up to family, friends, neighbors, and charity to help the truly needy – not for the government to create a class of totally dependence people.
No Department of Education. They have been a miserable failure. States will do a better job.
No Wage and Labor board. States deal with discrimination and set their own minimum wage. These are political hacks currently at the Federal Level.
No foreign aid. We need to take care of own people before worrying about others on a Federal level. This is best done as charity. Let’s stop funding those who hate us to buy bombs to kill us. Every time there has been a catastrophe, American (and apparently only Americans) citizens have responded with charity and volunteers.
There are currently only five countries worthy of a mutual defense agreement with us. Canada, England, Australia, Poland, and Israel. The rest can go pound salt. We should only sell weapons to those countries. Other country’s would have to prove a very high standard of worthiness with a 2/3 super majority vote of Congress.
Speaking of Congress, ours in Texas meets every two years for only a few months. They don’t have time to make work by creating stupid laws. A point that the Federal Government needs to take note of. I should also point out that Texas has low unemployment and no state income tax.
No Federal Grants to anyone for anything. Colleges, business, Pells, … None. That is not the business of the Federal Government – until they decided to make it their business. The tax money isn’t theirs to give out or spread around. It is the money of the people. It needs to be limited in size seized from them, and spent wisely when seized from them. The Great American industries were built without the government – and did better until they got involved. The Railroads, steel mills, automobile assembly plants, electricity, and the personal computer were created without the Federal Government getting involved. They’ve been dying because of government involvement.
The Federal Government needs to be relieved of 95% of the freedoms they have taken from the States and Citizens, and its budget should be less than 5% of what it currently is. The people the government has encouraged to be so dependent on the government need to quickly be weaned off the government’s tit. States need to set a two year goal for these people to take personal responsibility – and those who can’t ever do it need to have their children placed in Orphanages that will properly educate the kids to be productive adults – but again, I’ll explain my opinion on how the States can make American citizens productive and responsible people, and the United States again a great nation.
Every state needs to be responsible for their own economy. They break it – they fix it.
Finally, the Federal government was created as a contractor of the States. They were contracted for the states protection. States have since had all of their rights taken from them by an out of control Federal Government. Any state that shares one border with another Country or Ocean, should have the Right to peacefully secede and become its own Republic or Country at any time they do not like their governance of the Federal Government. California, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts can become the “People’s Republics” they apparently want to be, New Mexico can become the Indian Nation they want to be, Hawaii and Puerto Rico can become Banana Republics if that’s’ their desire – and Texans can have the Texas they want – not what Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco wants.
If any of this makes sense to you – Read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. You’ll love it.
- Do you need to buy a gift for someone that you feel is impossible to buy a good gift for?
- Do you receive gifts that spend their lives on a closet shelf because it just doesn’t fit your lifestyle?
- Do you hate to give or receive gift cards because they have a lack of thought, and often go unused?
- Do you want to give and receive gifts that are really appreciated?
The most simple way to universally give and receive gifts that are appreciated is Amazon’s Wish List.
No one can beat Amazon for selection, price, shipping, and ease of shopping — and they have an excellent Wish List program. During the year add items you would like to have in all price ranges to your wish list as you think about it — or you’re shopping and bump into a kool item you’d like to have. Make it a habit to a couple of times a year (at least a month before Christmas and your birthday) to update and remove items you no longer want or need.
Then others buying the gifts can find your wish list based on your email address and purchase the items you actually want. As one of your wants are purchased, it is removed from the sight of others (so that it is not duplicated as a gift), but not from your view for a month (so you won’t be expecting it).
Start your own Wish List at Amazon tonight so those gifting you will buy the items you want, and check for a Wish List for those you will be gifting to. It really makes so much sense to both the gifter and giftee.
Paul Harvey read this “Letter to the Editor” on his news cast back in 1999, and I posted it on my site then. How can we blame it all on guns? Just as true today.
For the life of me, I can’t understand what could have gone wrong in Littleton, Colo. If only the parents had kept their children away from the guns, we wouldn’t have had such a tragedy.
Yeah, it must have been the guns. It couldn’t have been because of half our children being raised in broken homes.
It couldn’t have been because our children get to spend an average of 30 seconds in meaningful conversation with their parents each day. After all, we give our children quality time.
It couldn’t have been because we treat our children as pets and our pets as children.
It couldn’t have been because we place our children in day care centers where they learn their socialization skills among their peers under the law of the jungle while employees who have no vested interest in the children look on and make sure than no blood is spilled.
It couldn’t have been because we allow our children to watch, on average, seven hours of television a day filled with the glorification of sex and violence that isn’t fit for adult consumption.
It couldn’t have been because we allow our children to enter into virtual worlds in which, to win the game, one must kill as many opponents as possible in the most sadistic way possible.
It couldn’t have been because we have sterilized and contracepted our families down to sizes so small that the children we do have are so spoiled with material things that they come to equate the receiving of the material with love.
It couldn’t have been because our children, who historically have been seen as a blessing from God, are now being viewed as either a mistake created when contraception fails or inconveniences that parents try to raise in their spare time.
It couldn’t have been because our nation is the world leader in developing a culture of death in which 20 million to 30 million babies have been killed by abortion.
It couldn’t have been because we give two-year prison sentences to teen-agers that kill their newborns.
It couldn’t have been because our school systems teach the children that they are nothing but glorified apes who have evolutionized out of some primordial soup of mud by teaching evolution as fact and by handing out condoms as if they were candy.
It couldn’t have been because we teach our children that there are no laws of morality that transcend us, that everything is relative and that actions don’t have consequences. What the heck, the president gets away with it.
Nah, it must have been the guns!
Just a thought,
(I posted this in 1999) If the Safety Nazis require me to wear a bracelet to fire my hand guns — will the scum who kicks in my door to murder my family give me enough time to find and put on that bracelet and find the keys to unlock the trigger? Don’t bet on me taking that chance. I’ll be willing to bet the tree-hugging commie liberals who pass these stupid laws won’t take that chance either.
In the late 80s and early 90s I was a small business owner who had a competitor trying his best to ruin me. JR Ewing was my inspiration to deal with this guy — and to fight back. I’d watch the show every day as motivation.
Recently my youngest daughter and I watched every episode ever made on DVDs.
His brand of dealing with assholes will be missed.
Please take the small amount of time to watch this documentary of how America has been slowly and deliberately taken over, how time has almost run out, and what to do. Then please ask you family & friends to watch this documentary and to pass it along.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.
I bought a little rechargeable blue tooth speaker to listen to my iTunes off my iPhone when by the pool.
Man this thing is incredible. Playing at 1/2 volume the music is crisp, the THD (total harmonic distortion) is too low for me to notice. I’ve gotten 5 hours play time and had my cell phone crap out before the speaker — so I don’t know how long it will last.
The above video was recorded on my iPad mic (which sucks), 5′ away from the speaker, outside, while the waterfall is going on at the pool. Then the sound quality is reduced further by Facebook compressing the video. Still — you can tell how good the quality must be after all of all that.
This would make a great birthday or Christmas gift for someone with an iPad, iPhone, iPad, or other blue tooth device.
The National Association of Realtors is all over this and working to get it repealed, — before it takes effect. But, I am very pleased we aren’t the only ones who know about this ploy to steal billions from unsuspecting homeowners. How many realtors do you think will vote Democratic in 2012?
Did you know that if you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8% sales tax on it? That’s $3,800 on a $100,000 home, etc. When did this happen? It’s in the health care bill, — and it goes into effect in 2013. Why 2013? Could it be so that it doesn’t come to light until after the 2012 elections? So, this is “change you can believe in?”
Under the new health care bill all real estate transactions will be subject to a 3.8% sales tax.
If you sell a $400,000 home, there will be a $15,200 tax. This bill is set to screw the retiring generation, — who often downsize their homes. Does this make your November, 2012 vote more important?
Oh, you weren’t aware that this was in the ObamaCare bill? Guess what; you aren’t alone! There are more than a few members of Congress that weren’t aware of it either.
You can check this out for yourself at:
I hope you forward this to every single person in your address book.
VOTERS NEED TO KNOW.
Weekend Hill Country Run
September 22-23 – Richmond, TX to Luckenbach and Back
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Texas Motorcycle Excursions is now accepting reservations for the popular September Weekend Hill Country run. This is the best time of year for both riding and camping!
Saturday Morning Segment:
Saturday morning's scenic route goes through Fulshear, Simonton, Wallis, Eagle Lake, Halletsville, and Shiner on our way to San Marcos for a late lunch. We take an excellent motorcycle route that is only lightly traveled, has smooth surfaces, a reasonable amount of curves, very scenic — and we will never get on an Interstate. We travel the speed limit or 65 MPH — whichever is less. We stop twice for fuel and bathroom breaks at Buckees in Eagle Lake and Gonzales. We also stop at least twice for very scenic photo opportunities – so bring a small digital camera. Iced down bottle water is provided at these breaks.
Once we arrive at "The Square" in San Marcos, we take a 90-minute early afternoon lunch break, where the riders are free to eat lunch at many of the available restaurants in the square. We personally like Sean Patrick's and Vodka Street, but there are a half dozen great choices. This should also leave time to walk around the square after lunch. Many Saturdays there is a fair of some type happening.
Saturday Afternoon Segment:
The afternoon route takes us on lightly traveled and scenic Ranch Roads through the Hill Country, with a stop for fuel and restroom. We arrive at a very rustic and Biker Friendly Luckenbach campground sometime around 5PM. Texas Motorcycle Excursions will set up one cabin tent and Queen-Sized air mattress per motorcycle, our cooker, beer cooler, a generator (which is available to charge your cell phones or notebook/tablets), lights, lawn chairs, and some Texas Hill Country Music. There is plenty of room to spread out!
We then start cooking a Fajita dinner. Riders also have the option of bringing a cooler of their favorite food and drinks if they rather — and have use of our grill. Feel free to bring a guitar if you play. We bring a couple of buckets and other cleaning supplies for those who wish take this time to clean their bikes. We also carry a limited amount of tools for those needing to make quick and easy repairs.
In the morning we cook breakfast and tear down the tents while the riders take their showers and get prettied up.
Sunday Morning Segment:
The Sunday morning portion of the run is by far the most scenic. After topping off the fuel tanks, we head up curvy and hilly Ranch Roads that often greet us with wildflowers and Long Horn Steer. We take the Northern route back heading through Marble Falls and the Balcones National Wildlife Refugee.
We stop for a break in the Balcones Park and then onward to Georgetown.
Sunday Afternoon Segment:
In Georgetown, we stop for a fuel/restroom break. This is where you have a couple of options. Since there really isn't enough time to take a full lunch break and still be back by 4PM, you can either grab a snack at this stop, or those with more time can break from the group for lunch at any of the many restaurants in Georgetown — or any of the other towns we'll travel through.
The group is followed by a 1-ton truck and a 24' enclosed trailer, which is our version of a Chuck Wagon. The trailer carries all of the camping and cooking gear, iced down bottled water, emergency gasoline, reasonable personal gear (overnight bag, sleeping bag, cooler, guitar, etc) for the riders; and has room to trailer up to two motorcycles in case of a breakdown or illness. Riders can bring their personal items the day before, and/or pick up the day after if they wish.
At the beginning of the trip we have a short meeting where we distribute the route map, other information regarding the stops, and our cell phone numbers. Riders are free to break away from the group at any time, if they prefer to ride faster/slower or take longer/shorter breaks. They can then hook back up with the group at the other stops of Campground.
We follow a tight schedule and waiting for people who have problems with schedules will affect the whole group. We will have to leave each stop on time. However, each motorcyclist is provided with a route map and itinerary so that they can catch up with the group at a future stop.
Our excursions are open to all makes, and types of motorcycles able to safely keep up with the group. Touring, Cruisers, or crotch rockets are all welcome — American or Metric.
We provide a pleasant and valuable service for a medium size group of people. We ask that all members of the group to maintain that friendly spirit, and to not over indulge. While it has yet to have occurred, Texas Motorcycle Excursions reserves the right to ask anyone causing a safety issue or who is disruptive (to the point of affecting the group) to leave the group. There will be no refund should this ever be the case.
Motorcycling is dangerous. Serious injury or death is always a possibility. Register for an excursion with Texas Motorcycle Excursions only if you have a legal and safe motorcycle capable of this type of trip, and you have the skills required to operate that motorcycle on the type of roads and at the speeds in the excursion — and for a sudden weather change. We suggest that motorcyclist and their rider to always where the appropriate clothing and safety gear, but it is beyond the scope of the service we provide to be a babysitter. Texas Motorcycle Excursions provides an experienced guide for interesting routes, camping, some meals, and the transportation of personal items. You have to be responsible for your own actions. We do not have the ability to personally evaluate the skills of the motorcyclist or his equipment, and the riders in this excursion will hold Texas Motorcycle Excursions harmless for any personal injury, physical damage, or missing personal items. Motorcyclists are expected to follow all Texas Laws.
What's Included & Cost:
Campground and shower fees; tents and air mattresses; cold bottled water and Saturday evening beer; Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast; lawn chairs and the carting around of reasonable personal effects are all included in the price. For health reasons, riders will need to bring their own sleeping bags — but we do offer new sleeping bags for sale if you don't have your own. Riders need to provide their own motorcycle, which is currently registered, inspected, and insured; their gasoline, money for their lunches and snacks at stops; and any other expense not outlined as included.
WiFi Mobile Internet connections are optional ($10) per connection for up to four people while at the campground.
Should your bike require trailering and/or you need to ride in our truck, the cost is $50 per segment (there are a morning and afternoon segment to each day). There is only room for two motorcycles and three people — but we've yet to have the need for more.
The cost for this excursion is $300 for the first motorcycle and rider, and $150 for the second rider sharing the same cabin tent. Availability is limited! Make your reservations now to guarantee your inclusion on this excursion. Full Refund 30 days prior to the scheduled date. Credit will be extended towards a future (within next 12 months) excursion within 30 days. The scheduled "Rain Date" is the following weekend, but you have the option of instead receiving a credit for a future excursion. 25% deposit at time of reservation, and full payment 30-days prior.
Groups of 5 or more motorcycles identifying themselves as being with a certain group — will receive 10% rebate at the at the beginning of the excursion.
Put together a group of 10 or more motorcycles, and the person who organized the group and their rider ride free in addition to the rebates to the others in the group. This is your chance for a free weekend vacation by putting together a group of at least 9 other motorcycles to go on that excursion.
Just tell us you are part of a group and give us your group's name at the time of your reservation, and have your friends refer to the group name at the time of their reservation, so we can track. This is a great time to twist the arms of your buds with motorcycles to join in on the fun. This discount cannot be combined with any other discount. Print the poster and distribute to your friends.
Payment must be made 30-days prior to the excursion for the group rate discounts.
Frequent Excursion Discounts:
After your first Texas Motorcycle Excursion, you earn discounts on future excursions. This discount cannot be combine with a Group discount, but your motorcycle will be counted as part of your group to benefit others in the group.
15% off your second excursion
20% off your third excursion
25% off after third excursion
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