FOX News Reports Trumps “Flexibility” on Issues

 

I find it humorous that the only non-politician in the Presidential race is acting the most like a political stereotype.  Trump has been called out numerous times, once by FOX News itself, for flip-flopping on hot topics to tell the voters exactly what they want to hear.

Now, on the topics of minimum wage and taxes on the wealthy, FOX is calling it “flexibility.”

The bottom line is that Trump will say whatever he needs to say to pander to the voters.  When he was trying to win over Republicans, he was firmly against a minimum wage hike and would never consider raising the taxes of the rich.

But now that he’s got the Republican seat locked down, it’s time to start pandering to the swing voters that may be a little more liberal.  So now his “flexibility” is coming into play.

It really saddens me to see how many Americans don’t see through this crystal clear facade.  It doesn’t say much for the intelligence of our nation as a whole when someone like Donald Trump can manipulate masses like this.

He’s not even truly a Republican, but because he put his name on the GOP ticket and went around for a few months bashing Democrats, now every Rush Limbaugh-loving conservative has been drawn into his web.

It really is amazing!

 

Trumped: Donald’s Failures Tell the Real Stroy

One thing I have not heard anyone talk about this election season is how Donald Trump’s corporations have filed bankruptcy 4 times. Everybody does realize that there is no reset button when you’re the President, right?

His businesses, like his political theories, are over the top, lavish and rarely successful. His ego makes him believe that he can take someone else’s success and do it better. But it never works. Ever hear of Trump Airlines, Trump Vodka, or Trump Mortgage?  Me either.

Donald Trump has failed as a leader time and time again.  Electing him President, or even to your local town council, would be a devastating mistake.

Just a short list of his egotistical failures.

On Trump Mortgage, Trump said “Who knows more about financing than me?” Apparently the question should have been “who knows less about financing than me?” because his mortgage company lasted about a year and a half before being shut down.

When he decided that he would take over the vodka market from his friends at Grey Goose, Trump predicted that the T&T (Trump and Tonic) would become the most requested drink in America.  The sad thing is, he really believes his egotistical dreams. I’m a vodka drinker and never knew this existed.  That should tell you something.  Hell, even Diddy could make a vodka company work.

In 1988, Trump purchased Eastern Air Shuttle, a successful no-fuss airline (the Southwest of its time) that offered flights between Boston, New York and Washington D.C.  Of course, the Donald had to put his lavish touches on the business, adding maple floors and gold fixtures to the planes.  Within a couple of years, the airline was taken over by his creditors because shockingly enough, his over the top ideas were a bust.

Trump lives in his own egotistical world. All he cares about is his ego being stroked and his name being on everything.  Unfortunately, putting his name on things more times than not puts an end to them.

Being able to over-leverage yourself and “build” a business does not make you a successful business man.  Trump has never successfully built a business.  He purchases businesses and he starts businesses, but they never succeed.

If we are dumb enough to elect him President, he will try to run our country like one of his businesses and we’ll all pay the price.  At best, he will set us back decades and then run back to his penthouse at Trump Towers and live happily ever after.  But unfortunately I don’t think that will be the outcome.

I fear instead that his ego and hair brain ideas will get us involved in wars that our nation can ill afford right now.  He will destroy any shred of a relationship we still have with China, Russia, or Middle Eastern nations with his bullying tactics.

Trump has a long list of failures as a leader. Let’s not add our country to his list.

You want $15 for what?

The big debate right now is whether or not every American worker deserves $15/hr minimum wage. I have to say, I don’t think so.

Let me start by saying I do agree that the minimum wage should be increased, but I’m more in line with Hillary on this and a $12 minimum wage, not $15. I’ve been taking notice of the people I come across in my daily life that would be affect by this and asking the question “Would I pay this person $15 to do what they’re doing right now?” I have to say that the overwhelming majority of the time, the answer is NO.

I watch a kid at McDonald’s, literally taking my money and handing me food, and that’s it! There is a person taking my order, a person preparing the food, and a person packing it in a bag and handing it to the first guy. All he does is collect my money and hand me my order. He’s doing nothing wrong. He has a great attitude, exchanges pleasantries as he waits on my food, but really does minimal work. The only skill required for his job is counting change. I’m not trying to belittle him or anything, but this is a skill that we learn in 2nd grade.

I compare this to my first job after college. Did you catch that part….AFTER COLLEGE? I worked at a law firm as a bankruptcy legal assistant. I was working in a professional business service environment, working 60-70 hour weeks working with clients and preparing legal documents that literally helped families going through hard times keep a roof over their heads. Care to guess how much I made? You got it…$15/hr.
Was it tough? Absolutely. Did I struggle? Absolutely. But do you know how I made ends meet? I worked a second job. Yeah, a strange concept I know. I worked 60-70 hours at a law firm, then at night I worked a bar tending job to make enough to get by.

And guess what else, I didn’t have an I-phone. I didn’t have nice clothes other than what I had to wear to work. I drove a busted up Saturn that was a complete embarrassment.

So when I see someone protesting for $15/hr while they have an $800 phone in their hand or a Michael Kors purse by their side, excuse me if I don’t feel sorry for them. Both of these examples can be seen in the photo below.

My next question for those that think solving this problem is as simple as a politician waving a magic wand and saying “Poof! Now you all make $15/hr” is what about the guy that makes $15/hr right now? The guy, like myself after college, who worked his way through school and got a degree to get to that $15/hr. What about him? Is he going to get an $8 bump in pay as well? The answer is no. He’s going to stay at $15 while the guy with 2nd grade counting skills at McDonald’s gets bumped up to the same. So all of his hard work is now devalued and he’s put in all that work just to be pulled back and make the same as a high-school kid working at a fast food restaurant.

Now does that make any sense?

Doubling the minimum wage is not the answer. The answer to people being able to make a living on minimum wage is changing their priorities and making them understand that having an I-phone 6 and unlimited data is not a right, but a privilege and a luxury; a privilege and luxury that may not be afforded to a minimum wage worker.

People can survive on $7/hr if they really want to. They just have to be willing to make sacrifices like my parents did all of their lives. Doubling a person’s pay rate without increasing their workload or responsibility is a ridiculous plan of action and is essentially a welfare handout.

The one thing this will do is increase the business efficiency of companies as they find ways to turn two jobs into one to make up for the increase in pay. Wages will go up right alongside the unemployment rate.

So for those of you out there protesting, keep in mind that 50% of you will get paid more, and the other 50% will be eliminated to make up for it.

Hey 2016 Presidential Candidates…How Will You Protect Innocent Citizens?

It seems these days that the news and media jump from one police incident to another and activist jump at each opportunity to incite protests. There is public outcry about how police are brutally murdering innocent” citizens.

While I don’t know enough about the individual cases to make informed comments, it seems like there is at least one common denominator in all of these incidents and that is the simple truth that these guys are criminals.

Before you go off the deep end, let me be perfectly clear that I am in no way, shape, or form defending or promoting the actions of the officers involved in these killings. I think they overreacted and made very poor decisions. I am simply pointing out the fact that the victims in these incidents did indeed commit criminal acts that caused an interaction with police, so we shouldn’t be making them out to be martyrs.

It amazes me that we have thousands of people protesting, rioting, looting, and injuring officers in the name of “justice” for victims that were known criminals. But no one is standing up to protect the truly innocent business owners that are having their livelihoods taken away from them by mindless thugs.

These businesses are being looted and destroyed.

Who is protecting the innocent, hard-working business owners?

Every election we hear about how the small-business owners are the backbone of our economy. Well it’s time to put up or shut up.

I want to know from the candidates in the upcoming presidential election how they are going to protect these hard-working, tax-paying Americans from having their business destroyed by scumbags looking for a reason to loot and cause trouble.

These rioters and looters need to be handled with swift and direct justice, even if that means the use of force.

We can’t let these ignorant thugs tear our country apart because the police force is under public scrutiny and afraid to ruffle feathers by dealing with this.

The National Guard needs to be on the front lines protecting the innocent people of our nation. If not, these riots will get worse each and every time.

Let’s stop worrying about social backlash and the next election and do what our government is supposed to do, lead and protect its people.

Stop tolerating ignorance when it affects the lives and livelihoods of innocent taxpayers.

Show us you’re a leader. Show us you can handle managing this nation.

 

 

Letter to Johnny Football: Your Legacy is at Stake

The more famous Johnny Manziel gets, the more people build him up and defend him, the more of a train wreck he becomes.  And it seems that no one around him is doing anything positive to try to help him out of this whirlwind of a life that he’s living.

His on the field performances so far have been phenomenal.  While he may not be great at the traditional quarterback role, he plain and simply makes things happen on the field that not many before him have been able to do.

Johnny Football was created by fans at Texas A&M.  His legacy thus far has been cemented into the history of the institution.  Aggies have waited for generations for a star of his caliber and they are making sure to milk it for everything it is worth.  Johnny Football Mania is in full effect.

But where does it go from here.  Manziel became the first player to win the Heisman trophy as a freshman.  He set a pretty high bar for himself on the field and playing in the Southeastern Conference, it’s going to be a nearly impossible bar to reach.

The SEC is proud when it comes to football.  Historically, with few exceptions, it’s been a league that cherishes low scoring, defensive battles.  Sure, there have been high-scoring offenses on occasion thanks to Steve Spurrier, but not many.

SEC defenses do not like to get embarrassed.   Frankly, Manziel embarrassed a lot of them last season. They take it personally.  The players, the coaches, and the fans.  When a player comes along that has the ability to make them look bad, they go to work to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

There is no doubt that the single biggest focus for SEC defensive coordinators this offseason was figuring out a way to contain Johnny Football.  LSU laid out the blue print last season, and others will follow.

Sorry A&M fans, but the Johnny Football you saw last year will not be there this year.

While the defenses were working hard to figure out the ways to stop him, Manziel should have been in the film room, in the weight room, and on the practice field working hard to get better.  But he wasn’t.  Instead, he was living out a “bucket list” offseason.

Courtside at the Mavericks and Rockets games, balconies on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, going to Super Bowl, NBA All-Star festivities, and partying all around Texas was how he spent his offseason.

His fans defend him by saying things like “he’s 20, it’s normal to party” or “he’s only doing what everyone his age would do.”

I call bulls–t!

He is only doing what a “normal” guy his age would do.  But guess what…he’s not a normal college kid any longer.  He won the Heisman.  He goes about his life like a celebrity.  Therefore, he doesn’t get to live a “normal” college life.  This is the life he chose.  This is the life he embraced.

It blows my mind that this kid has no one in his life that can or is even trying to get through to him to get him under control.  Well, let me try to be that voice of reason.

Johnny, if you’re reading this I want you to focus right now.  Let these words soak into your brain and take them for what they’re worth. All you have to do is calm down and be mature for one more season.  6 more months and you’re done.  Get off of Twitter (and stay off), stay out of the campus pubs, stop putting yourself in the spotlight off the field, and turn off the TV.  Don’t get caught up in the stories and the buzz. After the season, you’ll have the opportunity to make a lot of money (not that you need it) and live whatever lifestyle you choose.  6 more months and you’re free!  But right now, you have to grow up!

You’re not the first college star to become a celebrity and you won’t be the last.  This is your 15 minutes of fame. Use it wisely.  Don’t be a flash in the plan d-bag remembered for bar fights, drunken nights, and stupid tweets.  Firm up your legacy and don’t let your off-the-field antics define you forever.

Let people remember your exciting play-making abilities.  Let people remember you for your stunning performance against Alabama.  Let the Aggie fans remember how bright the spotlight shines on Kyle Field when you play. Let every undersized kid in Texas remember that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. Let people remember the you that they fell in love with over the past year. Let people remember Johnny F—king Football!

Racism and American Politics Not that Different

When I think of racism in its broadest sense, the first thing I think of is closed-minded individuals.  People who cannot open their mind up even a little to believe that an individual of a certain race, or group, could be different from the common stereotype.  A person like George Zimmerman, who when he saw a black teen in a hoodie, could not open his mind enough to see this kid as anything but a common criminal.  A person whose mind was so closed that the common sense thought that maybe the kid was wearing a hoodie because it was raining, never entered.

When I look at the current state of American politics, it is truly no different.  Instead of black versus white, it’s red versus blue.  Groups that are so closed-minded that they cannot entertain the notion that the other side could have any positive ideas.  They judge ideas and proposals not by the credibility of their content, but by the person who is suggesting them.  Their minds are so engulfed by the next election that they cannot allow the other to have the slightest bit of success.  Groups that put the health and well-being of the entire country at jeopardy to avoid any admission that the other could be right.

I think I speak for a large portion of Americans when I say I’m sick and tired of this non-sense.  Politics are standing in the way of progress because extremist from both parties are in a constant battle to destroy each other for the sake of the next election.  The American people deserve a government that puts them at the forefront, not career politicians sabotaging a nation for the sake of their personal agenda.

A perfect example of this non-sense happened this week when Conservative GOP Senator Ted Cruz of Texas used the high emotions surrounding the Zimmerman verdict as an opportunity to bash the President, rather than help move an ailing nation forward.

In a statement regarding the nationwide vigils and demonstrations, Obama suggested that states with “stand your ground” laws take a look at them to ensure that the laws do what they are intended to do, provide citizens with a means for self-defense, and not encourage nonsensical violence.

“I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations,” Obama said.

Somehow, closed-minded Cruz interpreted the President’s comment as an attempt to infringe upon the right to bear arms.

“It is not surprising that the president uses, it seems, every opportunity that he can to go after our Second Amendment right to bear arms,” Cruz said.

Cruz’s response clearly demonstrates that he was not even listening to what the President was saying, but simply seizing an opportunity to play on the emotions of gun owners who are in favor of these laws.

Nowhere in the President’s statement did he even remotely “go after” anyone’s Second Amendment rights.  He simply suggested that states look to fine-tune laws that give individuals the right to use deadly force when it may not be necessary.

No one is questioning anyone’s right to use force when they are in serious jeopardy of death or injury.  But allowing individuals to pursue altercations rather than avoid them and then claim self-defense is setting the stage for a wild-west style of vigilante justice that will cause this nation to spiral out of control.

The current “stand your ground” issue is a small (but significant) example of a much bigger problem that faces the great United States of America.  As a nation we are too closed-minded.  Like racism, this behavior is learned.  We need to teach our kids to think on their own and make wise decisions rather than force feed them our opinions and beliefs.

As the President said, racism may not be eliminated in the United States, but we are definitely progressing in a positive direction.  Children these days are very open-minded, unless taught otherwise.  Let’s find something else to teach our children.  Keep the political drama out of America.

#openyourmind #savethedrama #commonsense

Charles Barkley Agrees with Zimmerman Verdict

I didn’t think this day would ever come, but I have to say that for once, I agree with Charles Barkley.  Ouch.  It hurts to even say that, but Charles is right about the Zimmerman verdict.

“I agree with the verdict”, Barkley said in an interview with CNBC.  “I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night — clearly something went wrong — and I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was some racial profiling, no question about it — but something happened that changed the dynamic of that night.”

Yes, it’s a sad day anytime someone loses their life, especially when they were doing nothing wrong.  And it’s horrible that people lost their son.  By all moral standards and all reasonable accounts, this was a horrible situation.

However, by Florida law, this acquittal was the right thing to do.  The jury didn’t make a mistake, the Florida legislature did, when they voted the “stand your ground” statute into law.

Barkley also pointed out his dismay over the media giving racists, both black and white, “a platform to vent their ignorance.”

This couldn’t be more accurate.

I’ve seen both sides, from the white racist stating their excitement that “justice was served” to the black racists using this situation as an opportunity to push their agenda through the media.

The bottom line is that even though there was obviously racial profiling by Zimmerman, the problem with this verdict was not race, it was the terrible Florida laws that allow someone to hunt a person down, start a fight, and then claim self-defense.

Yes, George Zimmerman is a racist.  But this verdict was not about race.  It was simply about the law and the law sucks.  The law gave the jurors no way to find Zimmerman guilty of a crime.

#repealstandyourground  #justicefortrayvon  #charlesbarkley