Thought for Today

Your imagination is only limited by the amount of freedom you give your mind. ~ ME

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What is It?

 

 

What is it?

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Another Thought

To fear that which  you have no control over is foolishness. ~ ME

There was a time I feared death but came to the realization it is inevitable for all so fearing it was foolishness.  Now, I do not welcome death as I want to see my grandchildren grow up, but I do not fear it either.  It will come when it comes and nothing I can do will stop it.

 

 

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Thought for Today

Nothing, absolutely nothing in life is free.  Those who believe differently either lack experience, common sense, or are just plain ignorant. ~ ME

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The Proof is in the Pudding

Years ago, I said that people have become so used to instant gratification that it becomes expected.  The proof of this is staring us right in the face.

Sanders AND Clinton get a lot of their support by telling people there will be a universal healthcare in America.  I discussed this a few days ago and the numbers show it will cost the taxpayers over four trillion dollars.  People think about ‘free’ healthcare and don’t think about what it will cost them.  For one person it was $1,500+ per year more in taxes.  A family of four, $6,000+.  This is at a minimum; those who don’t have a job will be carried on the back of the ones who work.

Another factor that endears Sanders to young people is the idea of ‘free’ college for all.  Someone still has to pay for it (teacher’s salaries, utilities, administrators and maintenance people, etc.).  Then, once you have graduated, you are going to be taxed for the rest of your life to keep paying for other people’s education.  I previously addressed this too but cannot remember what it would cost each taxpayer.  The total was around $38 Billion dollars.

As long as you don’t consider the cost of what you want for ‘FREE’, it all sounds good, but a moment of thought should be enough to shake a sane person back to reality.

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Doctor Ben Carson

Dr. Carson has been running for President and is a good man.  He is running a no crap-slinging campaign and sticks to his principles and platform without compromise and for that he is very commendable.  I think he could put America back on the right path because of his morals and intelligence.

He has relayed some of his beliefs that have nothing to do with running the country that are, in my opinion, way outside the foul line, but I have beliefs that someone else might believe are far fetched too.

I do know what his problem is though; he is too level headed and an upstanding citizen.  He does not get riled and does not raise his voice and people take that as a sign of weakness or a lack of passion.  I know his passion is there.  I know he is a strong man just because he has been a pediatric neurosurgeon all these years and held those precious little lives in his hands without waiver.

Today, I tried to relay this on to Dr. Carson via his Facebook page.  My post was:

Ben, I think you are a good man running a race based upon a moral platform, but most Americans no longer recognize what that means. They have become so used to the drama of mudslinging and faux promises that a moral campaign does not stand a chance. So my best recommendation to you is stand up, raise your voice so that it can be heard over your competitors and pound your fist. Tell Americans that enough is enough and America needs a statesperson, not a career politician to take us out of the ditch and back on the road to righteousness. When a competitor points at you and tries to cut you down, remind the people that those who sling mud at others do so to draw attention away from their own shortcomings. Now, raise your hackles and show America you are the man for the job and will not kowtow to others.”

I believe if Dr. Carson starts showing what others can recognize as passion, he will become very viable in this race and will force others to turn their own campaigns around.  It is time candidates tell us what they have done and will do and for the people of America hold them to their word.

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A Little Catch Up

After my last entry my internet went down.  They (the phone company) could not get out here to check it out until yesterday, and I got it back in the late afternoon.

Monday I went to my first ever caucus.  This election is far too important to not voice my opinion so with a snow event bearing down on us, I went to the caucus site and before the start of the official proceedings, campaigned for my candidate.  Although Iowans are thought to be overwhelmingly Christian, that was not the feeling I got.

When we started, each candidate on the ballet had the opportunity to have a person stand up and speak on their behalf.  Some had no one to support them, others had a local supporter speak, and one (Rick Santorum) had a minister fly in from Dallas, Texas fly in to our little town to speak for him.  The minister was quite eloquent, but I could not recall Santorum coming to Iowa at all other than his appearance at the state fair last year.

At the end of the evening, Ted Cruz won the Republican side with 28%, Trump came in second with 24%, Rubio had 23% and Carson had 9%.  On the Democrat side it was a dead tie, but Clinton declared herself the winner.  She actually ‘won’ because Iowa has a rule for the Democrats that when there is a tie, the tie is broken by a coin flip.  Then the videos started popping up of Clinton supporters who were supposed to count the number of people supporting her just standing there and then giving a higher number than the number of Sanders supporters.  Some of the precincts had more votes than were actually present.

Yesterday, the well warned snow event finally arrived with a lot less impact than what was hyped.  Instead of 12″ of snow, we got 3″.  Today is more dangerous than yesterday.  We got rain, freezing rain, and then more snow with high winds today making roads treacherous.  Also yesterday, the groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter to which one meteorologist warned that the groundhog is only right about 55% of the time.  I thought to myself “So, he is as good as a meteorologist”.

Now you can go about your daily business without fretting about what happened in my life for the past couple days. ;-)

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