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Too much talk; no action

Any business owners out there? Do you take advantage of legal tax breaks on your income tax return? Would you like your business to grow? If it did would you expect that you should still be able to take advantage of legal tax breaks? As your business grows, at what point do you become a “very wealthy” individual at an evil corporation? When do you lose the right to decide what to pay your employees?

Almost any business owner who itemizes deductions can deduct the expenses of using their car for business purposes. If these benefits shouldn’t be extended to more successful business owners with jets, I guess Congress should change the law. Democrats controlled all three branches of government for two years. They didn’t change the law. The chair of President Obama’s now defunct Council on Jobs, Jeffrey Immelt, is also chairman of General Electric. In 2010 GE paid no taxes on $14 billion in profits. Wow, what happened there? They took advantage of legal tax breaks.

Some in Congress have been working, others have not. I just looked at a webpage listing 40 jobs related bills passed by the Republican-controlled House, now in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s pocket, awaiting action by the Democrat-controlled Senate. Without looking further, I’m sure there are many more bills the House has passed. Two bills provided alternatives to going through with the sequester. Inaction at that point fell at the feet of Harry Reid and the Democrats.

The sequester “spending cuts” are not cuts. They are a reduction in proposed spending. Even with the reduction, the federal government is set to spend $15 billion more than they did last year. Seems like that would be enough to reverse the president’s decision to shut down tours of the White House.

His golf weekend with Tiger Woods cost taxpayers over a million dollars—enough to save 341 federal workers from furlough. If sequestration is the only way to cut Obama’s ridiculous spending, so be it.

Even if reductions in national defense makes us less safe. The military will have to find ways to be more efficient/less wasteful. It would be nice if the real driver of our debt—entitlements—could do the same. Far more jobs will be lost through Obamacare than sequestration.

I find it interesting that the House led by John Boehner and Eric Cantor passed the “No Budget, No Pay Act” on Jan. 23. One hundred ninety-nine Republicans and 86 Democrats backed the measure to place the salary checks for each member of Congress in escrow until a budget agreement is reached.

Nancy Pelosi called it a joke. Steny Hoyer called it a “political gimmick.” Harry Reid said the Senate would “seek to pass” it. President Obama would not oppose the bill if it reached his desk, knowing that will never happen.

The bloated federal government spends so much on unconstitutionality, it can’t deal with the constitutional powers (the job) entrusted to it. We voted for these people.

 

Let’s wear orange March 11-17

MS Awareness Week is March 11-17.

I challenge all Dawson County residents to wear orange during MS Awareness Week in honor of those that have MS or have passed from MS. Let’s create a sea of orange this week.

Multiple sclerosis destroys connections inside us. It disconnects the mind from the body and people from each other. But what if we could defy this disease with the very thing it seeks to destroy—connections.

Having multiple sclerosis means that you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are different, and devastating, for everyone. The only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.

The number of people living with multiple sclerosis increases every hour of every day. This astonishing rate is not going to slow down, let alone stop, until we’ve found a cure. Research has made some incredible advances recently, but the world can still only offer disease management drugs and therapies to the 400,000 people living with MS in America.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds more MS research than any other private organization. The society also provides much needed education, programs and services to everyone who is affected by MS, including those diagnosed with the disease, their friends and families, and the healthcare professionals who work with them.

Teams are the heart of Walk MS—literally. Did you know that teams raise 81% of all Walk MS money nationally? Our efforts are at the heart of the society’s efforts to stop MS progression, restore what has been lost and end MS forever

I want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed—and because I want to keep more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with a diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.

Because we choose to donate to the event we are getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, “You have MS.”

As I also celebrate my third year anniversary this week of hearing the three words “You have MS’” which changed my life forever I have chosen to fight while I still can so no one else will have to hear them someday.

I challenge you to join a team as a walker or form a team of your own or be a volunteer. Make a donation online. Send in a check. Contact me for more information on Dawson County Walk MS 2013, Saturday, May 25, at Lake Helen. Check-in is at 8 a.m.; walk begins at 9 a.m., Join the fun or support the walkers and help us find a cure. You may reach me at 308-325-9691 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

They work for who?

How many of you out there make $180,000 or more a year and only have to show up for work about 2.4 days per week—or 126 days a year and have 239 days off out of 365—and do very little work once you get there?

I’m guessing not too many. Well, me neither.

Sure, there are numerous CEOs in charge of these gigantic corporations who get zillions of dollars in bonuses per year just for being there, but I’m talking about the working class—the “meat and potatoes” backbone-type people.

Believe it or not, those jobs do exist in this country, but if you really don’t believe me, just ask John Boehner and Eric Cantor—they have these jobs. Yes, the American people elected these guys to work in public service for the people and the country.

Wow, what happened there? They are the ones, along with some others, who still believe the very wealthy should get tax breaks on their hidden money in Swiss banks or the Cayman Islands, or how about their private jets they also use for vacations and recreation.

I bet most of you didn’t get tax breaks for driving your car or truck to your workplace. I didn’t either.

Now, back to Mr. Boehner and Mr. Cantor and company—known as Congress. The Congress are the ones that have the primary power in our political system. Their job, if they would only do it, is to write up and vote on and pass bills. That is not the president’s job. His job is to sign or veto a bill.

Congress could have stayed, as they should have, and negotiated with the president on how to end the sequester, and write and pass a bill. Even if the president vetoed it, Congress has the power to overturn it.

Now, since there was nothing accomplished with the sequester, and Cantor sent Congress home, maybe they should just stay home without pay until they are ready to do their jobs that they were elected to do by the American people. Are you listening Adrian Smith? After all, it was Congress that gave up on negotiations.

Some Republican aides are saying behind closed doors that Mr. Boehner sees no need to negotiate, because he claims Congress is in a good place for getting spending cuts, and those cuts are taking effect. Well, those cuts sure aren’t helping people that will lose their jobs.

I’m not jealous that Mr. Boehner will be receiving $223,500, and Mr. Cantor will receive $193,400 for their services—or lack of—for 2013. I just hope they and Congress get their act together and leave their pride and ego at home, and not bring it to the workplace—the few times they show up there throughout the year.

The bottom line is, I might not have liked my boss, and my boss might not have like me, but I was getting paid to do my job to the best of my abilities, and that was expected of me to do so.

That being said, Congress if you claim to be working for the American people, you have a very strange way of showing it.

   

Sky-is-falling attitude prevails

During the final weeks of the 2008 presidential election, we were hit with a well timed financial crisis. Despite the turmoil, candidate John McCain said “...the fundamentals of our economy are strong.” The left made him a laughing stock for that statement.

I thought it was the most profound statement I’d ever heard McCain make. He lost to Barack Obama, who I considered an economic illiterate. My opinion was based on Obama’s fumbling of a question about capital gains in an early debate. Reviewing the transcript of the debate, I discovered something I had missed. It wasn’t that Obama didn’t understand how lower capital gains taxes historically increase revenue. He just didn’t care.

Bringing in federal revenue is one of his top priorities, allowing business to profit is not. His ideology seeks revenue building only through taxation and doesn’t recognize that taxation kills revenue building stimulus. That our economy has endured four years of Obama, bears out McCain’s statement. In his latest State of the Union (SOTU) address, Obama said “…the state of our union is stronger.” I didn’t hear anyone laughing.

Obama won the “fiscal cliff” battle with Republicans. He got his tax rate hike on evil job creators earning over $400,000 and let the 2011 Payroll Tax Cut expire, affecting a 2% increase in FICA taxes for us peasants. Incredibly, Republicans were unable to effectively articulate the need to cut wasteful spending.

Obama claims that he has cut spending by $2.5 trillion, by not moving forward with proposed spending, i.e. no longer funding the war in Iraq. My banker will be pleased to know that I have decided not to buy the $375,000 Lamborghini I have been looking at. Thanks to Obama math, I now have $375,050.47 in my checking account and can easily pay off my loan.

The latest crisis stems from an Obama administration plan to force Congress to work together on budget cuts. Sequestration is a threat of cuts so horrible that Congress would surely make a deal before having to resort to them. Without resolution, Republican warmongers would agree to cuts in the military and Democrat humanitarians would be forced to look the other way (with tears in their eyes) while some of their constituents might not receive free Obama phones. All Nebraska’s Congress members but Ben Nelson voted for this idiocy.

Fearing that actual cuts may happen, Obama now wants out. His SOTU speech came too late for an Oscar nomination in the category of “best performance by a comedian in a dramatic setting.” His featured line was: If sequestration happens, emergency responders will have “respond” dropped from their name, border patrol won’t be able to find the border, prison gates will fly open, crime will run rampant, cities will burn, planes will fall out of the sky and teachers will be barricaded in the lounge, leaving parents without childcare.

All this and more will happen if the federal government spends $44 billion less than proposed from this year’s $3.8 trillion budget (1.2%). This is less than half of the $90 billion stolen for Obama’s green energy/campaign contributor money laundering scheme. We sure are lucky to have the president fighting for us.

   

Cancer fight shows success

As Dawson County volunteers gear up fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society through Daffodil Days and Relay For Life, it’s exciting to note a new ACS report, released Jan. 17, shows the comprehensive efforts in the cancer control arena have contributed to a significant decline in the overall death rate for cancer in the United States.

Annual statistics reporting from ACS shows the death rate from cancer in the U.S. has fallen 20% from its peak in 1991. “Cancer Statistics, 2013” published by ACS also estimates the number of new cancer cases and deaths expected in the U.S. this year. The estimates are some of the most widely quoted cancer statistics in the world.

To read the report, go to www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsfigures/index

I encourage you to reflect on this positive news and know your contributions make a difference in the fight against cancer. This information gives all of us hope that we will succeed in our efforts to save more than 1,000 lives from cancer each day, and that we are on our way to finishing the fight against this disease.

Thanks to everyone who volunteers to raise money and coordinate both of our local fundraising events. Thanks to everyone who donates money, goods and services to make our fundraisers successful. Your dollars help everyone in Dawson County!

If ever you hear the words “you have cancer” or if someone you love hears the words “you have cancer,” please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or go to the web page at www.cancer.org Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be.

ACS High Plains Division Hero of Hope 2010

   

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