Thought for Today (5/24/2018)

For the past year, I worked for the government at a VA Medical Center.  The department I worked in has quite a few people enrolled in the Family and Medical Leave Act program.  Of the people I saw on FMLA, many were committing fraud.

The Department of Labor defines FMLA as:

“FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promote equal employment opportunity for men and women.

FMLA applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees. These employers must provide an eligible employee with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for any of the following reasons:

  • for the birth and care of the newborn child of an employee;
  • for placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care;
  • to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or
  • to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.

Employees are eligible for leave if they have worked for their employer at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles. Whether an employee has worked the minimum 1,250 hours of service is determined according to FLSA principles for determining compensable hours or work.”

Problem I saw was people using FMLA to:

  • Go drinking;
  • Go camping;
  • Go to weddings; and
  • Go hang out with other friends using their FMLA.

When reported to department leadership, the department did nothing.  When reported to human resources, they did nothing.  This type of inaction promotes misuse of the program and creates budget overloads.

 

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Thought for Today (5/23/2018)

Give 100% at work and when you leave, those who also gave 100% will be sorry to see you leave while those who try to slide by will be happy because there is one less person to make them look bad.

Tonight at work, there were seven people happy to see me work my last shift here and eight people sad to see me go.  Too bad it is so difficult to get rid of non-cost effective people in the federal government.  If it wasn’t so hard, the feds wouldn’t need so many people to do the jobs and therefore would be more fiscally responsible.

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Thought for Today (5/22/2018)

“It doesn’t matter if he slept with different women; I don’t care if he slept with a chicken! If he’s got a foreign policy and an economic plan, great!”

If this were said today, about today’s president, the left would go berserk!

It wasn’t said today though, it was said on the last night Johnny Carson had guests on his show by Robin Williams about Bill Clinton.

Even though morality should be a constant in life, it is strange how it can change depending on which side the public figure is on compared to your own.

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Thought for Today (5/21/2018)

I often hear people try and rationalize why they do the things they do by hiding behind an external locus of control.  You know what I am talking about, they are the people you hear saying:

“I dropped out of school because coming from the inner city, I don’t stand a chance of ever getting out of here.”

“I didn’t get the job even though I am the best qualified because the other candidates all sucked up to the interviewers.”

“I only abuse women because that is what my father taught me.”

“It’s the government’s job to make sure I have health care, food, ADC….”

When we were children, yes, an external locus of control (our parents or other adults) shaped us by either teaching us morals and good citizenship, or by not teaching us proper behavior.  However, at some point in time before our age of majority, we knew right from wrong and had to make a conscious decision of what kind of person we would be.  Those who chose to blame an external locus of control only did so to avoid taking responsibility for their lives and actions. The prisons (and society) are full of people who blame everyone but themselves for their present situation.

I was asked to describe my being today without physical descriptors.  Here is what I came up with:

I am the sum of my parents, sculpted by my environment and experiences, then molded through my will and knowledge, filtering out imperfections as I go through life. I will never be perfect, but aspire to come as close as I possibly can to be an example for others.”

Imagine if all would do the same how much better the world would be.

 

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Question for Today (5/20/2018)

SCENERIO:  You have some friends, who have been in your life since childhood.  You used to date one of them, a very long time ago.  Years pass by and you marry another friend from your childhood.  Several years after that, you learn that your best friend from your childhood is now dating that other person you used to date a long time ago.  What do you do?

a. Since they are both important to you, hope that the two of them hit it off because you want to see them both happy.

b.  Ask your best friend not to date that other person as it will make get togethers awkward.

c.  Tell your best friend to quit seeing that other person because you both made a pact to never date each other’s exes.

d.  Tell you best friend that you do not approve and to quit dating that person.

I recently ran into this situation with a couple of friends of mine.  I met them both as adults and enjoy their company whenever we get together (which has  become more and more less frequent since this situation arose).

I put myself into the situation in my mind and asked myself “How would you feel if an ex-girlfriend started dating another friend of mine?”  I personally came to the conclusion that I would want them both to be happy and tell them so.

What would you do?

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Another Thought for Today (5/19/18)

When you raise your children with the belief that:

  1. They are entitled to whatever they want;
  2. They don’t have to earn their way through life;
  3. If they don’t have everything their friends have they are abused; and
  4. Morals are not relevant anymore;

then you get kids shooting up schools because they feel slighted and want revenge.

It is time to hold, not only those kids responsible, but their parents too for not raising their child to be citizens of the community.

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Thought for Today (5/19/18)

How can it be that there are people that you feel like you have known a lifetime the day you meet them, yet there are those you have known your lifetime that you feel like you have just met?

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