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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rant: Are We Asking Too Much From Our Government?

Over the years, especially when it comes close to election time, I will hear a lot of noise around why our economy sucks. Complaints about our current government not doing their job and how we should replace them with someone more polish that promises reforms, tax breaks, and many other nice things. Every time thing happens it really pisses me off about us, as individual, and less about our government. We were the one who voted the guys in there, who to say the next guy we vote in is any better or worse?

John F. Kennedy said it best "As not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country....” In today society, we want our government to help us in so many different ways. You see group of people demand better health care, another group demand better environmental control, and another group demand lower taxes. While all of this demanding is going on, they all agree on a few things: smaller government, not having to pay taxes, and not in my back yard. The American society is like a bunch of spoiled children who used to have all of the toys and glory, now no longer can affording it, still demands it.

The math is simple: Take a county for an example. A large portion of their income comes from property taxes. As US population grows and economy doing well, American becomes reckless. Buy homes they can't afford, buying TV they don't need, and buying cars they want to show off. Living the good life of credit debt. Over 90% of American falls into this category and guilty of it. As the result of the population growth, they demand their government to keep up with demand. Thus more police officers, more firemen, more nurses and teachers. As the economy starting to suffer, American people decide to be irresponsible and not pay for the TV they bought. Not paying for the house they had and just walk away with a simple paper filing of bankruptcy. The population didn't get smaller, it still continue to grow. Income to the government decrease at a huge rapid rate as more and more homes are being foreclosed. So what to do next? Increase taxes to keep up with supporting demand..we cried NOOOOO. Let see, we have to fire our teacher and close down school to cut cost...we cried NOOOOO! How about letting go some police officers to cut cost. We again cried NOOOO.

What the government should do is turn the table back to the American people. OK genius, I can't cut cost and can't raise taxes, but demand to maintain service, what is the formula to turn lead into gold so I can accomplish this????

We as American people are a bunch of selfish whiners. When we screw up, we expect the government to care for us, we compare our system with Canada and other country alike, demand our government care for us. When our government starts to, we complain and pull out the "democracy" card. Demanding we are not and should not become a socialist country. Bad Canada, Bad other nation.

So what the FUCK do we want our government to do? Why don't we get off our lazy asses, and get a job. Maybe if we get a job, pay our taxes on time and maybe the economy won't go to shit. It is not that there is NO job out there. There is NO job "good enough" for me out there. There plenty of jobs, but we rather stay at home to get the unemployment check, file for disability, and live off Medicare system rather than working for the same pay as we are getting with unemployment. Simple right? Why am I stupid enough to go work at McDonald at $6.75 per hour and be a responsible tax paying American, when I can do absolutely nothing and get paid $6.75 per hour in unemployment? I can catch up on all those TV shows I wanted.

What the FUCK? Each day on the news seeing complaint about our government not doing their job, all while at the same time seeing the lazy American we are sitting on our coach doing the complaint on TV with a bag of chips with unemployment benefit, just pisses me off!

A simple fix: Get off our lazy ass, go find a job, any job that paid you decent wages, rebuild your skill in a new direction, pay taxes. If every American will do just that, maybe, just maybe we will have the rights to complain about our government not doing their job.


Monday, April 11, 2011

To Give Or Not To Give, That Is The Question....

Every year, I am always faced with the question of to give or not to give to charity organization. In the past, I've given money to several charity organizations, such as Michael J. Fox Foundation, Red Cross, various Buddhist Temple, and other type or help organizations. Early in life, we were taught giving is a good thing. It will make us feel good to help others in need. In our society of corruptions, thief, and scams, it makes me think twice about giving or helping people these days.

I am fortunate enough to have a job and able to feed my family, there are those who are less fortunate than I, especially in times of major disaster like Japan's recent earthquake or the devastating disaster of Haiti not too long ago. When such an un-fortunate event like this occurs, it is usually followed by swarm of organizations asking to help people in needs. We have celebrities such as George Clooney using is star power to do a telethon to raise money for hope. Former President George W. Bush and Bill Clinton created a Haiti Funds. Each time a disaster event occurs, hundreds of millions are raised to help the victim in need.

Aside from disaster, annually there are causes around the world helping people in needs. Annually world leaders meet together to talk about how to end world hunger. Billions of dollars have been pouring into Africa and other countries alike. United States offers Africa $1 Billion a year to help fight AIDS.

Annually billions upon billions of dollars are raised, funded, and gathered to help people in need. At the end of the day, I am asking myself to give or not to give. Why am I hesitant on giving each time I walk by a Red Cross booth at the local supermarket? Why am I hesitant on giving each time I see a telethon occurs on TV? Even more simple, why do I walk pass a hungry man on the street asking for food so he could feed his children? (Note: Reminds me of the song by Phil Collins Another Day In Paradisehttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=photographbyk-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001RHPJE2) It is the corruption I see going on each and every day.  There are legal fraud and illegal fraud. I can't help to wonder how much of my $1.00 donation really goes to the hand of people in need. How much of so call "administrative fees" are being buffered. I see on the news and sometime do see charity people driving nice BMW and Mercedes. It makes me wonder is that part of my money they are driving with or did them honestly earning that from a real day job. If I hand the guy I see on the street asking for money to help feed his children, will he? Or will he go to the nearest liquor store and buy a pack of smoke or alcohol? Why are we annually as a country giving billions upon billions to Africa to help people in needs, when are millions of people here in the United States who are really in needs.

With the hundreds and thousands of charity organizations out there, wouldn't they make more of an impact if they all unite and focus the money towards a single cause? Why do we have thousands of charity organizations raising money on individual hope to fund a cure for some disease such as cancer?  Wouldn't research be 100x more effective and efficient if we all focus our money, time, and resources trying to a cure to one disease at a time?

Each day, hundreds of questions flow through my head. Not one answer seems logical. Not one answer seems reasonable. It has gotten to a point that I am numb to what's going on and turn a blind eye on things. Be like any typical American, just walk on by and one day before I go from this world looking back at what I have done or lack thereof in regret.