I know, I know, the election is over and we have a new president, but I can’t help myself these memes are too good not too share.
A few weeks after leaving office former President Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink, so he calls Troy the Plumber to come out and fix it. Troy drives to President Obama’s new house, which is located in a very exclusive, gated community near Chicago, where all the residents have a net income of way more than $250,000 per year. Troy arrives and takes his tools into the house. He is led to the guest bathroom that contains the leaky pipe under the sink. Troy assesses the problem and tells Obama that it’s an easy repair, that will take less than 10 minutes. Obama asks Troy how much it will cost. Troy checks his rate chart and says, “$9,500.” “What?! $9,500?!” Obama asks, stunned, “But you said it’s an easy repair. Michelle will whip me if I pay a plumber that much!” Troy says, “Yes, but what I do is charge those who make more than $250,000 per year a much higher amount so I can fix the plumbing of poorer people for free. This has always been my philosophy. As a matter of fact, I lobbied the Democrat Congress, who passed this philosophy into law. Now all plumbers must do business this way. It’s known as the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act of 2014’. I’m surprised you haven’t heard of it.” In spite of that, Obama tells Troy there’s no way he’s paying that much for a small plumbing repair, so Troy leaves. Obama spends the next hour flipping through the phone book calling for another plumber, but he finds that all other plumbing businesses in the area have gone out of business. Not wanting to pay Troy’s price, Obama does nothing and the leak goes unrepaired for several more days. A week later the leak is so bad President Obama has had to put a bucket under the sink. Michelle is not happy as she has Oprah and guests arriving the next morning. The bucket fills up quickly and has to be emptied every hour, and there’s a risk the room will flood, so Obama calls Troy and pleads with him to return. Troy goes back to Obama’s house, looks at the leaky pipe, checks his new rate chart and says, “Let’s see, this will now cost you $21,000.” Obama quickly fires back, “What? A few days ago you told me it would cost $9,500!” Troy explains, “Well, because of the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act,’ a lot of wealthier people are learning how to maintain and take care of their own plumbing, so there are fewer payers in the plumbing exchanges. As a result, the price I have to charge wealthy people like you keeps rising. Not only that, but for some reason the demand for plumbing work by those who get it for free has skyrocketed! There’s a long waiting list of those who need repairs, but the amount we get doesn’t cover our costs, especially paperwork and record-keeping. This unfortunately has put a lot of my fellow plumbers out of business, they’re not being replaced, and nobody is going into the plumbing business because they know they can’t make any money at it. I’m hurting too, all thanks to rich people like you who won’t pay their ‘fair share’. On the other hand, why didn’t you buy plumbing insurance last December? If you had bought plumbing insurance available under the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act,’ all this would have been covered by your policy.” “You mean I wouldn’t have to pay anything to have you fix my plumbing problem?” asks Obama. “Well, not exactly,” replies Troy. “You would have had to buy the insurance before the deadline, which has passed now. And, because you’re rich, you would have had to pay $34,000 in premiums, which would have given you a ‘silver’ plan, and then, since this would have been your first repair, you would have to pay up to the $21,000 deductible, and anything over that would have a $7,500 co-pay, and then there’s the mandatory maintenance program, which is covered up to 17.5%, so there are some costs involved. Nothing is for free.” “WHAT?!” exclaims Obama. “Why so much for a puny sink leak?” With a bland look, Troy replies, “Well, paperwork, mostly, like I said. And the internal cost of the program itself. You don’t think a program of this complexity and scope can run itself, do you? Besides, there are millions of folks with lower incomes than you, even many in the ‘middle class’, who qualify for subsidies that people like you must support. That’s why they call it the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act’! Only people who don’t make much money can afford it. If you want affordable plumbing, you’ll have to give away most of what you have accumulated and cut your and Michelle’s income by about 90%. Then you can qualify to GET your ‘Fair Share’ instead of GIVING it.” “But who would pass a crazy act like the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act’, exclaims the exasperated Obama. After a sigh, Troy replies, “Congress … because they didn’t read it.” This will help you understand how the Obama Health Care Plan functions – – – and the primary reason behind the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act of 2014’. What a marvelous explanation this is.
My how times have changed. I recall very vividly several snippets of President Obama’s discussions with Republican leader’s not long after he became president. One of them is very famous, and used almost daily,
“Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” – President Obama to House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, January 23, 2009.
Another short snap back at John McCain in Obama’s faux panel on health care. McCain very calmly made a point about the new health care proposal. Obama’s reply was very arrogant and condescending. See the video.
It didn’t seem to bother any of the Progressive, Liberal, Democrats at that time that this attitude would come back to bite them in the ass, but the time is now.
Trump won, Hillary and Obama lost, get over it.
Instead, I read a rather stupid article posted by CNN broadcasting a message that if Trump and Pence were assassinated Obama would retain office. If ever someone were sending a subliminal signal to do the job, this is it. I think CNN should have it’s license to broadcast cut, and CEO jailed for attempted assassination.
Although the CNN article serves to educate the public about a highly improbable what if scenario, it is my opinion that they have ulterior motives for doing so. Presidents have been assassinated in America too many times, and CNN is showing it’s lack of candor regarding this hit piece.
By next week, we will begin to appreciate President George W. Bush’s complete separation from the office after he left. I am sure that Obama will never leave the office no matter what miracles his successor’s will accomplish. Until Obama reaches his goal to transform America into what we now know to be a Muslim-socialist country he will not sleep. Like a cancer, he will keep dividing cells to grow the socialist-tumor into vital organs until the body screams for death, and his minions will forever follow him like lemmings over the cliff into the sea.
Ever since Tuesday night Lake Michigan has been rising. No, it is not due to global warming it is from the Democrats crying about their candidate losing big. Every time I see the national election map and see the big blob of blue surrounded by Red States it makes me cry too. My vote meant nothing toward electing Trump. Hillary got 69% of the vote and Trump got thirty. I could have stayed home and had the same effect on the election. Even our Republican Senator lost his job. There are times when I want to move out of Illinois to get away from all the blue, but I have too many roots here and I am anchored forever.
I wish to thank our own Community Dis-organizer for showing us how strong the Constitution really is. Even with his mighty pen, and the entire government supporting him, his efforts to damage the sacred document managed only to make some small dents. Hopefully, his successor will undo the damage with his equally powerful pen. Our job now is to re-construct the principles of the document, and beat back any new affronts to take it down.
Back in 2008, I never thought the battle to take back the country would take eight years, but thankfully, the Tea Party movement stuck to it and managed to wake us up to who is in charge. Without the constant effort of my Tea Party and all the others across the country Hillary would be dancing a jig with Bill like Irish leprechauns.
The one principal mistake I saw in Obama’s run was his transformation of the greatest country in the world. “Into what?” It doesn’t make sense to destroy the greatest country to make it equal to all the lessor countries, and thus force us to become third class citizens. It makes more sense to help the rest of the world rise to the level of the USA. Unfortunately, Leftists don’t accept capitalism as the way to make it happen. Instead of equal opportunity for all they rather push equal outcomes for all. Communism has never worked in any country where it has been tried. It won’t work now either, but we now have a country full of unemployed over educated young people who have never left the nest to become responsible for their own outcome.
At this point, the United States has almost completed the great give away of American manufacturing to lessor countries like China, Mexico, Japan, and South Korea. The seers of the time sold the idea of sending all our menial manufacturing jobs to these countries because we would need all of our educated people to staff the knowledge sector. We would be the ones teaching the world how to do things. Except of course, that all the motivation to learn how to do things left the country with our industry. Most invention is realized by the need to solve problems. Many of the problems occur during manufacturing. The people needed to solve those problems now live in China, Mexico, Japan, and South Korea.
The leftists are now working on the financial sector. They orchestrated the housing bubble back when Bill Clinton signed a law that encouraged, no, I mean forced lenders to loan, no, to give money to anyone who wanted a house. Never matter that they could not afford a house. The liberal mind-set decrees that it is everyone’s right to own a house. It took a few years to happen, but the bubble finally burst and we were left with a major recession, no, it was a depression worse than the one that occurred in 1929. There I go again spewing history that no longer applies to modern generations of kids who run up astronomical loans to finish college, and graduate with nonsense degrees which earned them knowledge about everything, but about nothing, nothing useful that is, now they lobby for free tuition too.
When Obama began his transformation, I was invigorated to educate as many people as I could to the perils of his policies. This blog which was going to be a blog that would explore human potential evolved into a teach the world about the evils of Obama’s policy blog. When he was elected the second time, I became depressed and have been so for four years. My personal blog-pieces diminished to almost zero. The depression caused a writer’s block and I reverted to re-blogging other people’s posts that mirrored my own philosophies. Now that Trump has been elected, I am again invigorated to speak freely about the benefits of conservatism.
From a human potential perspective, Donald Trump is a great subject. He knew the mountain he had to climb to become president, but he never let up. He set a goal, and visualized himself winning this election. Those are two key human potential concepts; goal setting, and visualization. There many other steps he used like defining the goal, listing the steps you would have to take to make the goal. He identified all the things he didn’t know, and found answers via experts. His mastery of using all the rules of goal setting and positive thinking is remarkable.
Living in a blue state means that I am constantly bombarded by nonsensical liberal BS. Illinois is among the lowest of the states in jobs, they continue to raise taxes, which only drives people and companies to leave the state. For instance, they put an item on the ballot to change the constitution to force the state to use all money collected from transportation, like gasoline taxes, license fees, tolls etc onto roads and bridges. Sounds good doesn’t it? Except it occurred to me that these taxes now put more money into the treasury than income taxes do. So where will they get money to support all non transportation related expenditures like social programs? You got it, by getting this constitutional amendment passed it gives the royal highness’s in Springfield an excuse to raise taxes. Currently there is talk of raising taxes 33%.
The one thing the election did was to firm up the jobs of all the Democrats currently in charge, and because they won with such a large majority they will argue that they have a mandate to raise taxes to save the state from bankruptcy. The first item on their agenda will most likely be to raise salaries for all state workers, legislators, and administration. Forget the unfunded over bloated pension funds of these same people, teachers, police, and firefighters. The only ones who are middle class in this state work in the public sector.
Men Not at Work
The Church and Combatting Joblessness
By Eric Metaxas
Demographers and economists say American men are facing an epidemic of epic proportions: joblessness.
We’ve all seen the signs on highways and other construction sites around the country: “Men at Work.” Well, in case you hadn’t noticed, those signs are increasingly out of date—and not because they’re politically incorrect. The fact is, more and more men not only aren’t at work, they’re not even trying to find a job.
Princeton economist Alan Krueger counts 7 million men in America between the prime working ages of 25 and 54 completely out of the workforce, supported by someone else. That’s 11.4 percent of men in that demographic, about triple the share of men out of the workforce in the 1950s.
Besides the loss of a paycheck, these 7 million men report all kinds of problems: 40 percent say they experience pain that keeps them from working. A third say they cannot climb stairs or have some other disability. And get this—44 percent say they take daily painkillers—and two-thirds of those say they’re on prescription meds. Further, Krueger says, that they “experience notably low levels of emotional well-being throughout their days and … they derive relatively little meaning from their daily activities.”
Demographer Nicholas Eberstadt says in his new book “Men Without Work,” “We might say those many millions of men without work constitute a sort of invisible army, ghost soldiers lost in an overlooked, modern-day depression.”
How should we respond? Well, for those who are able and for whatever reason choose not to work, a biblical worldview teaches us that work is good. God gave men and women work to do in the Garden before the Fall. Work allows us to take care of God’s creation and bring glory to Him as His stewards. Work is not optional for those able to do work, and that’s most of us. There are to be no shirkers in the Lord’s kingdom. As Paul said, “If a man will not work, neither let him eat.”
As for those who want to work but cannot find a job, this demographic disaster for men is a challenge to the Church to rediscover its calling to help its neighbors—both Christian and non-Christian—find work that brings dignity and pays the bills. The great evangelist John Wesley, for example, not only preached the Gospel in the fields and among common working people, such as coal miners, he urged the new believers to take their work seriously and support all kinds of social reforms through it. Remember his famous maxim to “gain all you can, save all you can, and give all you can”? It’s still true!
Today, there are limitless ways that our churches can bless the neighbors in our communities who struggle with unemployment and its effects. One, in eastern Wisconsin, is called Project Joseph, a joint effort of U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, his staff, and an inner-city congregation called the Greater Praise Church of God in Christ. Near a Milwaukee neighborhood in which 62 percent of men have been incarcerated at some point, Project Joseph teaches job interviewing and punctuality skills to prospective employees. According to World magazine, the first class had 14 vetted applicants. Kohler, the first participating company, offered all 14 a job. Thirteen accepted offers and began work at Kohler last October. The program is now in its 10th session. Pastor Jerome Smith says, “God has used the Joseph Project to bring together blacks, whites, Hispanics, even Indians.”
There are many other examples of churches working with business and government to get people back to work. Find out what’s being done in your community—and then find a way to support it.
While there may not be as many “Men at Work” signs out there as there used to be, the signs of God’s kingdom at work are visible for anyone willing to look.