Thursday, September 3, 2009

Free Stuff

I just experienced this phone call and I think it portrays a mindset that I'd like to make a public example of.

Me- "This is David with Charter Communications, how may I help you?"
Her- "I'd like to add DVR to my service."

~insert probing questions and up-selling attempts here~

Me- "Well, in that case, you have some options... You can do a free self-installation if you pick up the equipment yourself or I can send a tech out to install it for $29.99."
Her-"Well, I don't really want to do a self-install, but I don't want to pay for it either."

~moment of silence~

Me- "So which one do you want?"
Her- "Well, can't you just have someone bring it out?"
Me- "Yes, I can. For just a one time charge of $29.99."
Her- In a very perplexed voice, "Well, can't you just waive that?"
Me- "No, I can't."
Her- "Well, can I speak to your supervisor?"
Me- "No. We're the sales office, we don't wave charges. If you want to speak with customer service, I'll give you their number."

~gave number for customer service~
I bet this lady voted for Obama. It's okay to ask for deals, but there really is a limit. There's a difference between asking for a break and expecting a handout.
I wanted to ask her why I should wave the installation charge. Why? What is the reason? Should this technician not get paid for his time taken to get the DVR Box and drive out to this persons house and spend about half an hour there or possibly more installing this DVR? If this process takes one hour from the time the technician obtains the DVR until he gets back to the office or onto his next job then this technician got paid $15/hr and that is only if 100% of this installation charge went to the tech. Should this technician do this as a volunteer service to this customer out of the goodness of his heart? Does the goodness of his heart feed his family? No.

Does anyone know the meaning of money these days? What is money? Ayn Rand wrote in her book Atlas Shrugged:
"So you think that money is the root of all evil?" said Francisco d'Anconia. "Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?"
You can read the whole speech here.

I just had to post this because it bugs me when people think they're entitled to free services. There is no such thing! Everything you get that you think is free... Someone has to pay for that. If you are the one receiving the free service, you better thank the giver from the bottom of your heart, because not only are they not receiving profit from what they give you (which profit is the reason they offer the service anyway), they are actually loosing money by providing it for you.

The reason why this is such a pertinent issue right now is because this is the mentality that America is falling into. It's like the invisible, financial swine flue. Deep down, inside all of us is someone that wants stuff for free because it's easier that way. No effort taken on our part. This desire is fed by those who benefit by feeding you the lie that this is the way it should be. Who could this be? Friends, family, and romantic potentials give gifts in order to win favor. In order to avoid looking like a prick, I will point out the obvious fact that often these gifts are just because they love you and this is true, but not 100% of the time. The percentage of genuinetly decreases as we move away from family and friends and get into business.

Companies give socials and bonuses to encourage moral and increase their bottom line. It's an investment on their part.

Then we get into government... Oh government. The government gives us stuff in order to win our favor. To win our vote and to retain their power. People voted for Obama because he promised them Free stuff! He fed into the raw, carnal desire of the natural man: To not work.

Nothing is free. What money is the government giving to big, failing corporations? Taxpayer money? No. I will argue that it is not the tax payer's money. I say that because they have already spent all the tax payers' money! It's gone and it is trillions of dollars in the red. We are spending the money taken as "taxes" from our great, great grandchildren. It is not okay for us to be in debt. It is a lie when the government tells you otherwise.
"It's good for international relations"
Lies. You know what would be good for international relations? A country that minded its own business and dealt fairly with other countries. We are not that country. If you want to make friends with your neighbor do you make sure that you always owe him money in order to keep good "inter-neighborly relations?" No. That's absurd.

Why do we have to balance our check book and the government can get trillions of dollars in debt and print worthless money with no finite value? Should we follow the example of our leaders? Of course not. What makes them the exception? Why are they special? What makes the government an organization that can function independently of all normal functions of reality? As an Elected Official, do you become some kind of higher authority on reality who can bend any rules to fit to whatever little desire you have?

God doesn't even do that...

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Government Can

This was posted by my brother Daniel on his facebook. I felt obligated to share. It's funny stuff.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

200 Year Warranty

The "Free Republic" had an article which Angela showed me that I though blogworthy. Here's the link: The Fall of the Athenian Republic

The article talks about how great societies usually last about 200 years and here are the crowning quotes:
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 over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.
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.

Does this not make perfect sense? Is this not simple logic? And tell me how this is not the path America is taking. Tell me that so for a moment I can feel proud of my leaders before reality sets in and I realize that you're wrong.

I'm not a doomsayer, I'm really not. I'm a pragmatist and I always have been. These quotes are saying what I have been saying since the past election. This was clear to me as I watched Our Man Obama speak.

We are well past apathetic. We are slipping into dependency. Can you see it? Can you smell it? I can and it stinks! How dare this tyrant take over my country. Why doesn't he form his own community of people who live socialist lives? You know why? Because the people who choose that kind of lifestyle will not be able to produce enough to support their community, that's why. The only people who want ObamaCare and his other socialist programs are those who are already or want to be dependent upon the system. They are lazy, unproductive moochers and their voice right now is louder than ours and it ticks me off.

When will the media stop misrepresenting us and calling us extremists like its a bad thing?

I hope we can all be extremists. If nothing else comes of our voices then at least we will have clear consciences when our country goes to crap.

Monday, August 3, 2009

**Under Construction**

I have decided to separate the posting of my personal life from my political view. This is where my political thoughts will go. If you're reading this then you're ahead of the game. Give me a few days to build this.

In the meantime, make sure you click "Follow" on the right hand side of this blog to be notified when I do update this.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Test of Socialism

This is an e-mail I got from a friend. I don't know if it's true or not, but that's irrelevant. It gets' the point across.
As the late Adrian Rogers said, "you cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
This man is truly a genius!
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Right Wing Extremists!

So I guess I'm an extremist because I'm a capitalist. I believe in a free market, the right to bare arms, and freedom of choice, and I'm pro-life, but I guess I should take my fellow extremists, the founding fathers, and leave.

Um... No.

So I went to the Tax Day Tea Party at the Arizona Capitol Building in Phoenix yesterday and it was amazing!There was a reported 10,000 people there and there was speaker after speaker and each person had a unique message that got the people cheering. They covered everything from housing and inheritance taxes, nationalizing health care and the right to bare arms. These were all briefly mentioned, but the main focus, and most of the speakers spoke on different angels of how the government is overspending money they don't have and bailing out freeloaders and failed businesses and how doing this is going to put our children and children's children in the hole trillions of dollars. A common theme on the posters were pictures of children with captions such as, "It's not my debt!" or "Punish your own grand kids!" I even saw a few young kids holding signs saying "Keep your hands out of my piggy bank." There were a lot of signs in the shapes of pigs for lots of reasons.

There was a little bit of attacking Obama, but very little. It was the issues. People spoke about how the government runs out of money and starts to spend ours and says they're giving us tax breaks and we all fall for it and forget to actually think about this because money doesn't have value just because Obama printed it. We WILL have to pay for it. At any rate... Here is a link to a bunch of pictures of the event: Phoenix Tea Party Pics

And here are some of my own:
Of course I had to be goofy...You may think the trees grew there, but they actually came for the protest too.The closest blue tent is were the speakers were. We got even closer than this once people started to get all cost and close togeter.

Let me know if you hear of anything like this happening in the future and I'll do the same for you. I would love to get more involved. I want to be a Right Wing Extremist Activist!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Tax Day Tea Party

City: Phoenix
When: *New Time* April 15, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Where: Capitol building
Contact: Keith Sipmann
Other Info:
Facebook Group: Click Here

This is the Official Website for the movement :

So I just switched my schedules at Albertsons so that I'm able to go to this on Wednesday. I just heard about it the other day, so forgive me for not posting about it earlier. What this is, is a protest against government spending and bailouts. All this stuff I've been talking about and finally something I can do. I'm very excited. So far It's me and I'm pretty sure my brother-in-law Clark is going to join me. If you want to come please, please let me know. If you're worried about our man Obama's spending habits and his recklessness with YOUR money or if you don't think that companies like AIG should get millions and millions of dollars to spend on CEO bonuses or if you think that money should be taken out of political "pet projects" and put back into worthwhile places like our public schools, then you need to be a body in the crowd and no longer be a silent majority!

Lets let our government know that they just need to be a little smarter with our money.
"Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice." -John Adams
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Letting the Eye Nine Slide

So I was watching CNN at lunch like I always do and they had a woman on there that I wanted to strangle.

The issue was immigration raids done on the job site. I don't know much about this but it sounds like there's some bill being passed by our man Obama that will take the punishment away from the illegals and putting it on the employers. The news anchor brought up a good point to the woman by saying that the employers can't always know. They can't tell if a green card is fake and why should they have the responsibility to manage the immigrations issues of America?

Good point.
The woman skirted the issue nicely and didn't even respond. She sat right next to him, and on live TV, she looked him in the eye and started talking about something else. I don't know what world politicians are from or how they've all gotten to the point where that's okay, but please. That is so inappropriate and rude. You are a guest on his TV show and you answer his questions. He is then bound by his responsibility as a host not to embarrass his guest so he lets it slide. The American attitude at its best. Just letting it slide.

What she said made me so upset. She was saying how these raids violated the rights of US citizens because sometimes the police would handcuff people at these work sites before they checked them and sometimes people would end up being American Citizens. Basically, what I interpret is that the police should come with a list of all the people who are illegal and only handcuff them before they do the check to see who is illegal... wait. that doesn't work. It may not work, but if we did it no one would be offended. That's more important I guess. Making sure everyone is all smiles.

She said that we shouldn't discriminate these immigrants because "they're Americans too." I think that if we're going to have closed boarders then we need to have closed boarders. Are these people breaking the rules or not? If we're just going to let it slide then open up the boarders and we'll see if people like this woman feel the same after just one day of open boarders. What an idea. They may be Central or South Americans, but I'll embrace that fluff the day I hear native Mexican people in Mexico proudly claim to be Americans. They're as American as Canadians are American. They are not legally Americans so... no. They're not American.

This made me think about immigration and the economy.
To be short...

Idea: Crack down on immigration hard core. If you're not here legally, then you get the boot unless you're the lucky few to have a legal child of age. You get mercy. If not, then you are forcibly removed.

Result: The government doesn't spend money to feed and shelter these people nor pay for their medical care. Also, there are masses of job openings for legal Americans and less American dollars being sent to worker's families in other countries.

Problem: My coworker brought up the point that Americans don't want to do those jobs and even if they did they wouldn't want to be paid what these people are being paid now.

My response was that that was a sad American state of mind that will have to change. I can't imagine a well educated father of four picking strawberries, but what about one of his four children? I'm sure there are loads of teenage people who would do these jobs or other people who could fit the mold. Maybe they'll have to pay more. Maybe produce will go up a bit more in price. At least it will be going to Americans. Just think of the poor situation we're in when it becomes too expensive to produce fruits and vegetables or to get a house built or a ditch dug. Maybe we're just thinking wrong. Maybe we should put more value in these things and less in our fancy cars and our fast foods and fancy restaurants. Maybe we shouldn't be spending money on so many luxuries. Maybe we should realize the state of the economy and the true worth of our dollar and only spend it where it's truly worth spending.

The dollar is a representation of our ability and personal work. Maybe physical work, maybe intellectual work. It is, either way, the result and physical reward of the usage of our talents. It's important that we redeem it for something worthwhile.

Time to go home. Thanks again for reading.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

This American*

*This post is the opinion of the writer. Please be aware that this is not directed at any one person, but it is in response to the news and media.*

So I've recently been more and more interested in politics. If ever my dad talked about it while I was growing up, I would nod and smile and be thinking about superheroes while he talks about national and world issues.

It was the recent election that did it for me. I remember the governal election in California that was a parade of midgets and silver screen stars. The only normal person running got fed up with being overshadowed by the overpowering personalities he was up against. The movie star won and he is sucking all the moral fiber out of California.

This past presidential election was similar. We had a Mormon, a woman, a black man, an old war vet with his flashy female sidekick and then a hippy that we only heard about because of his cult following and their rebel-inspired banners on the freeways and on car bumpers.

I would have supported the "Hippy" Ron Paul had he been more of a leader. He couldn't even get himself noticed enough to be mentioned on the news on TV or the radio, how could he lead a country? I liked his views, but he was not a leader.

I ended up voting for Romney in the primaries because he seemed to be in line with my moral standards and the general teachings of the Mormon Church which holds high regard for moral and financial responsibility which, in my opinion, are the two things this country really lacks. People flipped out about him being a Mormon and he just wasn't getting the support. We've had other very religious presidents, but for some reason, Mormon was just too much for the people to handle.

So I voted for John and Sara because they were the most down to earth. They talked about things with practicality. For example, the war; McCain said we needed to get the job done and then get out; as opposed to Obama saying that we just needed to get out of there asap, denying the responsibility we have to fix what we've broken. We will all see together that he will end up using McCain's policy anyway because we can't just pull out.

I liked how he talked about money. They mentioned a spending freeze. Stopping spending where it was excess and spending wiser where it was needed. Putting America on a budget is what any wise American would do in their own lives were they in this financial situation. They talked about tapping into natural resources currently guarded by hippy treehugers, and while we made money off of that, looking for alternate sources of fuel.

America looked at this financial plan and said, "Whoa!... The other guy is talking about tax breaks and bailouts while you're talking about spending freezes and budgeting!" These fat Americans sat in their large houses and glanced at their fancy cars and said, "No way am I giving these up!"

"I deserve these things," they thought.

"This is the American Dream!" they thought.

The decision was obvious to most people. 1) Struggle while we try to fix a mess we've created, or 2) create a large government who will just give us money for free.

I know a country who made this decision years and years ago. That country is England. I lived there for two years and I can say that Americans don't understand what it means when they decide to give the government so much power to take from the rich and give to the poor. I don't know a lot about the inner workings of England, because I was a focused missionary while I was there, but I have intense first hand experience with the neighborhoods they call "The Council", named after the government programme that owns a massive portion of British property. Somehow, the people have surrendered endless amounts of entire neighborhoods to the ownership of the government. These houses are dived out to people who can't afford anything. If a teenage girl has a child, she gets a house. If someone is out of work for so long for whatever reason, they get a house. Sounds a little sketchy, and seems harmless right? Entire generations grow up in these houses. These people get more money from the government for not working than they would get from any entry level job position. I heard many British people admit to my face that they chose to stay in this degraded existence because they would struggle more in the real world and had no conscience to tell them what they were doing was wrong because there are millions of people in exactly the same situation.

What is the solution? I don't know. Are we headed there? I think so, yes.

It's harsh, but I think that some people need to fail. Some businesses need to close. People need to learn to use their money wisely and only spend what they have and can afford. Don't tell me it's not that simple because if you think that then you're diluted. Diluted by the people who feed off of our desperation. Those who rise to power in times of turmoil with promises of free passes and bailouts. These people live in a fantasy world where they can spend pretend money and feed their children with a Peter Pan banquet of fantasy foods. The dream sequence fog clouds these people's vision and they are unable to see the long term consequences of their actions. If this is not the case then the other alternative is that they are liars who purposefully deceive the desperate with their quick fixes. Either way, these people are now our leaders. They have been given the power to suck away the value of our money by printing billions of fake, worthless bills so that we can feel like we have money to spend on our fancy cars and large houses and government bailouts.

A wise man once had a vision of a time where people ate, drank, and were merry in a large and spacious building that was floating as it were in the air with no foundation, no stability or anchor in and substantial value... with no real purpose or product. These people pointed and laughed at those who clung to the iron rod, fixed to the solid ground and straight path. We know the story. And for those who don't; the end is tragic for those who wore the facade of security and they lay in ruins, crushed by the great fall of the world in which they invested their lives.

I'm young and inexperienced, but isn't that what we need sometimes? Someone from the outside to step in and say, "Hey, what are you guys doing!?"

Please take into consideration the views I expressed. Don't take offence but take pride in yourself by taking responsibility for your actions.

As I step out the door of my parents nest and take flight into the world of independence, I'm afraid of the change I feel in the winds. I'm afraid of this man Obama who we, the people chose to fix our financial situation. Listen to what he says. We need to step out of our security blankets and look at this from the standpoint of cold reality. Long term. Not for our children or their children, but for us. The long term effects may be felt before long, so make sure that you, yourself are secure.

Get a skill. Get a voice.

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