Warren Buffett needs to will his $ to the IRS
Most Americans are fairly aware of the name warren Buffett and many know that he is a wealthy business man (how is it that one can be a liberal & a wealthy businessman at the same time?) but few no about his business practices. Liberals would consider his business practices as "evil" IF only he weren't one of them. Note the hypocrisy in Liberalism across the board please.
A friend of mine owns a local franchise that was purchased from Warren Buffett or one of his businesses. Sounds good, right? Sure, if you are Buffett! See this local franchisee was "forced", by contract, to buy a certain food product. Sounds fair, right? Sure until you find out that you can purchase it locally (helping your local economy & neighbor) for less BUT you must purchase from a specific supplier which is also owned by Buffett. Then there is the equipment; the cooking and food prep equipment can be bought from local suppliers or manufacturers but there's that contract thing again and guess what? Yep, Buffett owns the company that you have to buy your equipment from. This all drove my friend crazy as he could buy the same quality food and supplies and equipment from local companies and at the end of the day put more money in his own pocket or back into his business such as in hiring more employees BUT instead it went into Buffett's coffers.
Now don't get me wrong. This is capitalism and I am all for it. Buffett designed the situation I presume and he knows all about making money. Remember that th age old addage is that once a person makes a million dollars then they know how to make the next million. Buffett owes no man anything. When the franchise was purchased all this was made known I am sure. My problem is with the political hypocrisy. read more »
Why continue to employ & trust a failed bureaucracy
On Sept 11, 2001 we are all aware that a national tragedy occurred. I don't need to remind you of the horrific attacks that we endured that day at the hand of Arab male, Islamic extremists. Apparently there is a great but forgotten truth that needs to be pointed out. That day the government failed & failed miserably to protect the country. They failed to protect the airlines, the passengers, those that worked in the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, the emergency responders in NYC, and so many others.
In the days, weeks, and months after these attacks the govt. decided to resell their ability to protect airline passengers by creating the TSA. In a failure to heed the warning of President FDR (possibly the best thing he ever said or did) the nation was overcome with fear and willingly bought the govts. Product to protect us and provide security even though the wise among us and those with common sense pointed to Israel’s El Al and said that’s what we should do.
Since the TSA took over airport security (actually airports are not at all secure since these tactics are to secure planes & not the actual airport unlike Israeli tactics) shortly after 9/11/01 via the Aviation & Transportation Security Act of Nov. 19, 2001 several breaches have been made. The shoe bomber and the underwear bomber quickly come to mind. Well they originated from airports overseas you say? Sure they did and I point you to http://www.tsa.gov/approach/harmonization.shtm where the TSA claims “Each day, hundreds of flights depart foreign countries en route to the United States. So while securing U.S. aviation security is critically important, equally important for TSA is working with international partners to secure the global transportation network.” Also the site says the TSA ensures that foreign airports comply with TSA standards. REALLY?
Since the TSA has failed at least twice in less than 10 years then why should we continue to allow them to do what they do best, intrude on our privacy & liberty the whole while not getting the job done? It was passengers on those flights that I mentioned above that secured the planes and detained the would be bombers. Passengers, every day Americans, did a better job than the TSA. That proof alone determines that capitalism should prevail and big govt. should be done away with when it comes to airline security.
Private contractors would hand’s down do a better job at security and wouldn’t have to face the political ramifications of political correctness when it comes to racial profiling. All the airlines should collectively contract with security firms, not Barney Fife or Acme Security, to secure their services. They offer a service that Americans want and need in many cases and it is their responsibility to make it safe. Now as long as Americans are willing to put up with the TSA then airlines won’t do this. As long as Americans are willing to fly unsafe then airlines won’t do this. When Americans put their feet down and say no to the TSA and demand that the govt. get out of the airline security business & then demand that airlines secure their product then you will see great change and safety take place.
The TSA is not the answer, never has been, and the newly elected Congress MUST put a stop to this intrusive agency. I am glad that the timing of these enhanced pat downs and body scanners is following so closely on the heals of the midterm elections. People are attentive and aware but this time libs & conservatives alike are up in arms.
Post Election scurrying by RINO's and Dems alike should be watched
We are all aware of the RINO factor in Congress as well as the Blue Dogs. These 2 groups have no real principles in my book. Obviously one might be proud of the 43 Blue Dogs that voted for Shuler and against Pelosi but was it not an easy vote? Seriously, was any spine needed to cast that vote? Was the vote made on principle or convenience? Principle should have caused each and every one of these men & women to run away from Pelosi for the past 2-4 years. RINOs must be watched as well and Tea Party Conservatives should prepare to run against these folks as soon as their terms are up.
McConnell took far too long to get on the no earmark bandwagon. He is a Senator and the original purpose of the Senate was to look out for states' rights. It has obviously just become an extension of the House and that should be corrected especially as far as treaties are concerned (START). Anyhow he is a liberal Republican at best and 2 eyes must be on him at all times. Again it has been easy for him to say no for the past 2 years. His vote wasn't needed anyhow and his no made no real difference. Boehner had the same "option". Though I like Boehner I am concerned and was really hoping that a Tea Party candidate could get the Speakership but I'll give John a chance, one more that is.
Senator Alexander from Tennessee is quickly trying to cast himself as a conservative by lining up with an agenda and policies. PLEASE! We all no better and we need a good conservative candidate to replace him in a few years. He was a yes man for Bush and Bush was no conservative. Sen. Bob Corker isn't a conservative either but is trying his best to be seen as one. Currently he is running around the state holding town halls on debt reduction. That's all well and good Senator but didn't you vote for TARP & don't you maintain that you would vote for TARP again? read more »