Many of us take our homes and valuable possessions for granted. We are extremely blessed to have a nice roof over our heads to come home to every night after work. Very few of us even consider that someday, that precious house could no longer be there; perhaps a natural disaster like a tornado could totally destroy the home and leave us totally homeless. Nobody can plan for these events and there are currently many families in this country who are feeling the pain and empty feeling of being homeless. The recent high profile hurricanes that struck the Houston, Puerto Rico and Florida areas along with the wildfires of Northern California have turned the lives of many folks upside down.
I have watched a lot of coverage of the wildfires and hurricanes on the news and my first reaction was putting myself in that terrible situation. Suppose I had spent and invested many years of hard work into making my house the best possible place to live. Then suddenly a dangerous wildfire or hurricane was fast approaching. I hurry out of town and come back to see my house in total ruins. Imagine the feeling those poor people must have? What do I do next? The feeling must be totally awful and scary. My heart really goes out to those people who have lost so much.
I guess a silver lining behind all of this is that the human toll could have been greater given all things considered. If you lost your home, but still have your family that is the most important thing to consider from these awful events. Homes can be replaced, people cannot be. Sure it would be extremely terrible to come back to a ruined home, but many of those same people can be extremely thankful that they can have a chance to rebuild and start a new life with their family members still alive.
One of things that really touched me about these events was the overwhelming helpfulness of so many people from all around the country. People are donating money to total strangers in an effort to help these poor victims. When I see that, it makes me proud to be living in this country. Helping out others in need are what makes this country so great. So many people are putting aside their own personal time to help a fellow American in need. I only wish I could do more to help the thousands of victims who have been deeply hurt by these events.
I know after seeing these events on the news that I will never take my home ever for granted. Nobody in this country is safe from a natural disaster. Just because you are living in a nice, beautiful house does not mean it will be there tomorrow. My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the many victims who have been affected by these awful natural disasters and wildfires. America is pulling for you to get your lives back on track.
The recent acts by certain NFL players of kneeling during the national anthem has generated a considerable amount of controversy and debate across the country. If you ask any of the protesting players what they are protesting about, you will likely get a variety of answers, but the one common answer will about racism, more specifically the way people of color and minorities are treated by the police in this country. No, it is not about the flag they say, it is about bringing to light the social injustices in this country towards blacks. Many of them want people to start a conversation about the topic of being treated unfairly by the cops. Ok, fair enough, but what about other social issues facing minorities? Why do they get shoved under rug and not brought up?
I can certainly understand the pressing need that some folks seem to have towards the police and how they treat blacks. There have been some recent high-profile killings of black men by police officers. I agree that questions need to by asked about these events and why did they happen. I do find it rather ridiculous that some people seem to think that people of color are targeted by police for no reason at all. That to me is simply ludicrous. Many of those events were the fault of the victims themselves. Yet many people, such as those protesting and outspoken grandstanding social justice players, seem to think that it is the most important and disturbing issue facing blacks in this country today.
I have a thought or maybe a question that needs to be addressed. Why is gang violence in many cities such as Chicago not met with the same passion as these acts by the police? If you want to talk about an injustice in this country, I would think this topic should by way up on the ladder. Sadly, we never seem to have many professional athletes speak up against the ever-increasing gang violence going on in this country. It is out of control in Chicago. Black on black crime is an epidemic in this country that needs to stop. Why is this happening and what can by done to stop it.
Another social issue that is often bypassed is the fact that there are so many single family homes in the black community. The children of these homes grow up in many cases without any fatherly guidance. It is alarming to see the number of absent fathers in this community. Once again, why are athletes not outspoken about this issue? How many have actually donated their time and resources towards helping out the children of these families?
I read a story in the newspaper the other day about the widening income gap between white and black people in my state of Minnesota. Education and high school graduation rates continue to have a wide gap as well. Why are people not as outraged about these things too? I think it would be wonderful for a high-profile black athlete to come out and start speaking out for the importance of getting a good education. For many children of these broken homes, education is the furthest thing on their minds.
If these athletes want the rest of us to start paying attention to their claims and in their words “start having a conversation”, we better include some of these topics in the mix as well. If we start digging deeper into some of these problems, certain people might start feeling a little uncomfortable because they might just be the reason we are having these social problems in the United States. Stop cherry picking about just a few issues and let’s do a deeper look into all of the problems. By solving one, we may be able to solve many others at the same time. In my mind, police brutality ranks at the bottom of what minorities should be concerned about. Don’t get me wrong, we need to discuss our criminal justice systems towards people of color, but there are bigger and more pressing issues that need attention first. Unfortunately, these issues do not fit the agendas of many of those anthem protesters and their ideologies.
The Trump administration’s effort to reform our tax system has been in the headlines this week. Any effort to reform our tax system always brings about much debate about who should pay what and how much. It is a never-ending debate between the two parties and one of the top reasons I have strong disagreements with one of our nation’s major parties.
One one side, the Republican party typically likes to ease the tax burden of many people, not only the middle class, but the upper class as well. It is their belief that the rich people of this country are the job creators and by lowering their tax rate, they have more money to invest in their companies, expand and thus create more jobs and grow our economy.
Democrats, like Republicans, want tax relief for the middle class, but they do not believe that rich individuals should get a tax break. In fact, many Democrats would not be happy until high earners were taxed about 90 percent of their earnings and that would still probably not be enough! Most Democrats love their taxes and believe that taxing rich people to death will create that much more revenue for the government and therefore, more money for the less fortunate of this country.
Having worked in business for several years, I can tell you without much hesitation which party’s plan I agree with. It is the Republicans by a long shot. It seems like it would be morally right to heavily tax some rich guy so a poor person has more goodies in their lives, but that never works. It has been proven throughout history that heavily taxing the rich does not work in growing our economy. On the other hand, giving tax breaks to everyone, including the rich has resulted in growing the economy. A few presidents tried this and it worked tremendously, Reagan did in the 80’s and JFK in the 60’s. JFK was even a Democrat! GDP growth during those times were at unbelievable levels. We saw the economy really take off during those periods.
I simply cannot understand why people such as many Democrats are so dead set against giving higher earners tax breaks. If people would just away from their biased jealous opinions of rich people, maybe they would just understand that giving tax breaks to high earners is just good common sense. I am serious about that statement. Many of the high earners are businesses owners. A tax break will help them grown their business and expand. In the process, more jobs will be created including those for low-income, entry-level workers. We live in a very competitive global job market and those lower taxes will mean a lot more incentive to keep and bring jobs back here to the United States.
Critics of giving rich people a tax break worry about replacing the lost tax revenue and how to make up for it. A stronger economy will more than make up for it. Having more people working and spending will more than make up for the tax cut. Once again, it has been proven over time and history that the best way to create more revenue for the government is to decrease taxes. Increasing taxes as we have seen for the last several years has only strangled our economy with little growth.
Furthermore, why punish high achievers? What incentive is there for a person with a lot of talent to make money and start a business to do so if they are forced to pay a boat load of taxes to the government? A person who starts or invests in a business which grows the economy should be rewarded, not punished. Soaking rich people seems like a fair thing to do until you really study the impacts of it. Democrats never seem to understand this.
A few weeks ago, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton started a tour designed to promote her new book called “What happened ?” In this book, Clinton gives some insight into her failed presidential campaign from last fall and offers up many reasons as to why she lost. The list of excuses is long and endless. Everything from the tired old Russian hacking excuse to new blaming on some Democrats and even her former Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Yes, this long laundry list of excuses makes for some interesting reading and almost makes one feel sorry for Mrs. Clinton. She was a victim wasn’t she? Well maybe not so fast!
I probably join millions in wishing Clinton would just go away. She lost and she needs to get over it. It is that plain and simple. Accept the fact that you got beat by a candidate who worked harder than you did and ran a much better campaign. “What happened” is the name of the book and it is very simple as to “what happened” Clinton needs to look in the mirror. Maybe it just so happened that she lost Wisconsin, a predominately a blue state, because she did not campaign hard enough or spend enough time in that state. The goes with Michigan and Ohio. While President Trump was campaigning endlessly around the country, Clinton was probably sleeping at home thinking she was entitled to become the next president. She also greatly underestimated the angry of typical voters in this country. Her and her Democratic buddies apparently thought that reign of President Obama would automatically qualify a Democratic to become the next president. Boy were they wrong! Many of today’s Democrats including Clinton are simply out of touch with the people of the United States and that is a huge reason why she lost.
There is a belief that Clinton is writing this book to help future candidates who might consider running for office. I do agree that her campaign and the way she ran it should serve as a warning to future candidates on how not to run a presidential campaign. Any future candidate needs to understand that taking your opponent and the people who you will represent lightly is a recipe for disaster. Clinton did all these things. She felt as though her name was simply good enough to win. Little did she know how angry the voters of this country were last fall and how they wanted change. America may have won when Hillary lost the election last November. In the meantime, she needs to just shut up and go away. Her whining about the election will only hurt the party in future elections. Do us all a favor, Hillary. Just move on and shut up. The biggest reason why you lost in staring right back at you in the mirror.