Thoughts and Truth from the Impossible Life

In USA we chose our destiny

In the USA, your economic status is NOT determined by the “class” you were born. It is up to each to take the opportunity and make something of it.

I am a success and no one helped me get there. I choose to over come my biological parents, to pursue that which I wanted to have for my life, not that which was foreordained by birth.

My son choose another path to improve upon what I had chosen and overcoming the limitations of  his birth mother. If I had not chosen more for myself, my children would have grown up dirt poor in the projects of Hartford.

If my son had not chosen more, he wouldn’t have accomplished all he has. I instilled a desire for more in him as his birthright, but he chose to make it a reality.  No one made him strive. He overcame on his own.

Granted, many are suffering due to many bad choices of their own AND the cradle to grave coddling of the government. A few years back, there was a pulling of all 5th graders in a major metropolitian area (Chicago I think) and fully 1/3 stated theoccupation of their parents (many times single mother homes) was welfare. They had NO idea that people are suppose to WORK to live and are not entitled to a monthly cash check and “food stamps”.

They ARE not sentenced to that life IF they chose not to have it.

September 18, 2012 Posted by | Politics/Government/Freedom, Societal / Cultural Issues | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hope and Change of Obama

President Obama was elected on a tide of “Hope and Change”.

But what really HAS changed since he took office in January of 2009?

Well, here are some of his changes:

Item

January 2009

May 2011

Change

Reference

Petrol Price per Gallon (Average)

$1.83

$3.74

104.4%

[1]

Crude Oil, European Brent (Barrel)

$43.48

$99.02

127.7%

[2]

Crude Oil, West TX Inter (Barrel)

$38.74

$91.38

135.9%

[2]

Gold, London (per Troy Oz)

$853.25

$1,369.50

60.5%

[2]

Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL

$3.56

$6.33

77.8%

[2]

Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL

$9.66

$13.75

42.3%

[2]

Sugar, cane, raw, world, Fob per pound

$13.37

$35.39

164.7%

[2]

Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall

7.6%

9.4%

23.7%

[3]

Unemployment rate, African American

12.6%

15.8%

25.4%

[3]

Number of unemployed

11,616,000

14,485,000

24.7%

[3]

Number of Federal Employees

2,779,000

2,840,000

2.2%

[3]

Median Household Income

$50,112

$49,777

-0.7%

[4]

Number of people on Food Stamps

31,983,716

43,200,878

35.1%

[5]

Number of people on Unemployment Benefit

7,526,598

9,193,838

22.2%

[6]

Long Term Unemployed (6 mths+)

2,600,000

6,400,000

146.2%

[3]

Poverty Rate (Individuals)

13.2%

14.3%

8.3%

[4]

People in Poverty in the USA

39,800,000

43,600,000

9.5%

[4]

USA in World Economic Freedom Ranking

5th

9th

-4

[7]

Present Situation Index

29.9

23.5

-21.4%

[8]

Failed Banks

140

164

17.1%

[9]

US Dollar/ Japanese Yen Exchange Rate

89.13

80.76

-9.4%

[15]

US Dollar / Pound Sterling Exchange Rate

0.721

0.606

-15.9%

[15]

US Dollar/Euro Exchange Rate

0.769

0.698

-9.2%

[15]

US Money Supply, M1 (Billion Dollars)

$1,575.10

$1,865.70

18.4%

[10]

US Money Supply, M2 (Billion Dollars)

$8,310.90

$8,852.30

6.5%

[10]

National Debt (Trillion Dollars)

$10.63

$14.05

32.2%

[11]

Federal Spending (Trillion Dollars)

$2.89

$3.82

32.2%

[12]

Approve of the way Obama is handling his job (CNN)

76.0%

48.0%

-28.0%

[13]

Approve of the way Obama is handling his job (FOX)

65.0%

46.0%

-19.0%

[14]

Depression within 12 months Very/Somewhat Likely (CNN)

43.0%

48.0%

+5.0%

[13]

References

[1] U.S. Energy Information Administration

[2] Wall Street Journal

[3] Bureau of Labor Statistics

[4] Census Bureau

[5] USDA

[6] U.S. Dept. Of Labor

[7] Heritage Foundation and WSJ

[8] The Conference Board

[9] FD IC

[10] Federal Reserve

[11] U.S. Treasury

[12] White House Office of Management and Budget

[13] CNN Opinion Research Poll conducted June 3-7, 2011

[14] Fox News/Anderson Robbins (D)/Shaw & Company (R) June 26/28, 2011

[15] XE Currency and Foreign Exchange for 01/24/2009 vs 05/29/2011

July 9, 2011 Posted by | Politics/Government/Freedom, Societal / Cultural Issues | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Personal Responsibility

This relates to the issue in Arizona in which people making bad choices have a reduction of $50 in (my tax paid for) subsidies (benefits are earned not given by the government). In a discussion on facebook, I stated that I have no problem reducing the benefits for people who are grossly overweight (if not caused by a real medical condition), smokers, alcohol abuse, drug abuse. I do NOT pay taxes so people can have a “career” of welfare, get fat eating chips and drinking soda, smoke cigarettes, abuse drugs and alcohol, etc which raises MY taxes in higher medical subsidies. PERSONAL responsibility! The job of government is NOT to take care of a person from cradle to grave!

April 9, 2011 Posted by | Politics/Government/Freedom, Societal / Cultural Issues | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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